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Palliative Care Program

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients experiencing problems associated with life-threatening illness. Our goal is to prevent and relieve suffering by identifying and treating pain and other physical problems, as well as addressing psychosocial and spiritual issues. Patients can receive palliative care at the same time they receive treatments from their primary care doctor.

Palliative care also aims to improve the quality of life for families and caregivers by providing support for the physical and emotional demands of caregiving.

The mission of our palliative care program is to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care to patients with advanced illnesses, and to support their families and caregivers, to help relieve suffering, putting the dignity of the patient at the center of all we do.

Benefits of Palliative Care

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • Intends to neither hasten nor postpone death
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible and help families cope
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and families
  • Improves communication between patients and healthcare providers

Services Provided

  • Symptom management for
    • Pain
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Fatigue
    • Poor Appetite
    • Depression
    • And more
  • Social worker to help with any end-of-life decisions
  • Nurse practitioner to evaluate and assess patient needs
  • Interdisciplinary care planning and discussion of treatment options based on the patient’s individual values and wishes
  • Support for patients who transfer from an inpatient unit (hospital, nursing home)
  • Family/caregiver support
  • Patient and family education
  • Bereavement support
  • Chaplain

Our Palliative Care Approach

The ABCDE Method

Ask — Ask about pain regularly. Assess pain systematically.

Believe — Believe the patient/family and their reports of pain and what relieves it.

Choose — Choose pain control options appropriate for the patient, family, and setting.

Deliver — Deliver interventions in a logical, timely, and coordinated manner.

Empower — Empower patients and their families. Enable them to control their course to the greatest extent possible.

Paying for Palliative Care Services

Medicare

If you have Medicare Part B (medical insurance), it may cover some treatments and medications that provide palliative care, including visits from doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers. Medicare does not use the term palliative, so coverage is provided by standard Medicare Part B benefits.

Medicaid

If you are covered by Medicaid, a health insurance plan for people with low income and few assets, it may cover some palliative care treatments and medications, including visits from doctors. Medicaid does not use the term palliative, so coverage is provided by standard Medicaid benefits.

Private Insurance, HMOs, Managed Care Programs

Many private health insurance plans provide some coverage for palliative care as part of their hospice or chronic care benefits. If you own a long-term care policy, there may be palliative care benefits provided by that policy. 

Online Resources

We recommend the website below as an excellent resource to learn all about palliative care, if it is right for you or your loved one, and how to obtain it.

www.getpalliativecare.org

Request a Palliative Care Consultation Today

If you feel that you or someone you know might benefit from a palliative care consultation, you should discuss it with your personal physician, nurse, and/or social worker. For more information about Paragon’s palliative care program or to schedule a consultation, call (630) 832-1775 today or contact us online. We provide palliative care for patients and caregivers throughout Illinois and Indiana.

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