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When is it Time for Palliative Care?

Patients facing a serious illness often experience pain and other symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nausea, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.  Whether a patient is facing a life-limiting illness and isn't ready for hospice, or a patient is fighting a life-limiting illness and strill seeking curative treatment, the Palliative Care Program at BVNAH may be able to help provide some relief.

 

Palliative Care Admission Criteria

 

Consider palliative care for patients with life-threatening illnesses who:

  • Receive comfort and/or curative treatment
  • Meet homebound requirements of their insurance coverage
  • Require skilled care and treatment, such as:
    • Skilled wound care
    • Intravenous therapy
    • Complex pain or symptom management
    • Complex assessment skills
    • Symptom instability longer than two weeks
    • New medication regimen
    • Numerous medication changes.
  • Require education of family and/or patient regarding disease protocol, skilled treatments, and unmet needs.
  • Would benefit from case management for high-risk patients
    • Coordination of multiple services
  • May be eligible for hospice, but currently pursuing curative treatments or has declined hospice services.

 

  

Who Can Benefit from the BVNAH Palliative Care Program?

  • Patients of any age, including children, with debilitating chronic disease or life-threatening illness at any stage of the diagnosis.

 

  • Patients with life-limiting illness experiencing unresolved symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath.

 

  • Patients who have frequent hospital or emergency room visits to manage shortness of breath, swelling, confusion, or other complex symptoms.

 

  • Patients seeking aggressive treatments, to alleviate the side effects and help them to better tolerate ongoing treatments.

 

  • Chronically ill patients and their families who are not yet ready to accept hospice care.

 

 

 

For more information, to make a referral, 

or for a consultation to see if a patient is appropriate

for Palliative Care, call 800-249-8298