What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a team approach to treating patients with chronic and/or terminal illness in a home based setting. Unlike hospice, palliative services are appropriate for any person that has a chronic and/or terminal illness, regardless of life expectancy, in which additional support is needed to manage symptoms. Palliative care services can be provided in any setting and for a variety of different diseases and symptoms.
At Transitions, our palliative team consists of Palliative Care trained Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers who work in conjunction with primary care Physicians. Our goal is a holistic treatment approach that addresses both medical and psychosocial needs, including symptom management, counseling and community service support.
There is a growing recognition in the health care community that repeated hospitalizations can be unnecessary and traumatic when dealing with chronic symptomatology related to long term illness. The trend toward community based services and palliative care is guided by this trend with the goal of preventing repeated hospitalizations and more effectively treating long term illness.
Palliative care at Transitions is conducted through our home medical group.
Palliative care at Transitions is conducted through teams in the Transitions Home Medical Group (THMG). THMG offers a variety of community-based and inpatient services for those that qualify. Our patient and family-centered services focus on quality of life, along with the prevention and treatment of suffering. Palliative services include:
- Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) visits
- Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) outpatient consultation
- Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) telehealth visits
- Chaplaincy services
- Registered Nurse (RN) 24/7 emergency symptom management visits
- Social Service Support
- Counseling Services
- Ongoing Education