When does your loved one need palliative care or Hospice?
It may be tough to know the difference between palliative care and hospice. Dr. R. Andrew Philipp II, a specialist in end-of-life care, helps define these subjects in this edition of Better Health Radio.
Our purpose for palliative care service is clear: to help patients with serious illness learn the skills to cope with and best manage their condition, so the illness has less control over their lives.
At Tidelands Health, our palliative care providers work with you and your family to help you manage the stress and symptoms that come with serious illness. Our providers help with emotional and physical discomfort during treatment and help you and your family understand how to have the highest quality of life possible during treatment.
When Can We Help?
Our services are available as soon as a patient has received a serious illness diagnosis, and we help our patients, their caregivers and families focus on emotional, psychological and spiritual coping skills throughout the course of illness.
Who does Palliative Care Help?
Palliative care helps you or a loved one of any age if you experience a condition such as:
- Chronic pain
- Diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys or liver
- Neurological illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease
How Palliative Care Benefits You
Our palliative care begins with an orientation that helps you begin to process and understand your diagnosis. Members of the palliative care team help explain your medical condition, coordinate your care, assist with making medical decisions and address a range of other needs, including:
-Advance care planning
-Coping strategies for patient, caregiver and family
-Treatment planning and management
Palliative care can also connect you with resources to help with financial pressures, legal problems, employment concerns and transportation and housing challenges.
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Studies show people who receive palliative care early in their treatment often have fewer symptoms and better outcomes. By providing expert pain and symptom management and teaching patients and families how to communicate about symptoms, palliative care can help reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Talk to our team to learn how you or your loved one can benefit from our services.
To learn more about our palliative care service, please call 843-520-8598.