Care Connection

Piedmont Palliative CareHave you or a loved one been diagnosed with a serious illness?  Piedmont Palliative Care Services is a program that focuses on coordinating care, and reducing the pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious life-limiting illness.

Palliative care consultations help improve the quality of life for patients receiving curative treatment at any stage of a serious illness. Palliative care can improve a patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments, gain strength to carry on with daily life, and help understand choices of care.

The palliative care team at Hospice of the Piedmont includes a physician, nurse practitioner, and a medical social worker, if needed. The team works together to design a customized care plan that meets each patient′s individual needs.

Palliative care consultations are appropriate when:
arrow A sudden catastrophic illness or new diagnosis of advanced disease occurs.
arrow A patient requires frequent and/or prolonged hospitalization or ICU stay.
arrow A chronically-ill patient′s functionality is declining.
arrow A dialysis patient is experiencing medical crisis.
arrow A chronically-ill patient is suffering pain or other difficult symptoms.
arrow A patient is suffering uncontrolled spiritual or psychosocial distress.
arrow There is a need for assistance with complex decision making, such as advance directives.

Palliative care consultations address:
arrow Pain management
arrow Anxiety and/or depression
arrow Fatigue, nausea, constipation, shortness of breath, and other symptoms
arrow Treatment options
arrow Recurrent hospitalizations
arrow Family support
arrow Assistance with advance directives
arrow Continuity of care and effective communication

Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans may cover palliative care services. (Standard co-pays may apply.) The services are provided in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living communities.

For more information or to make a referral, call the Piedmont Palliative Care Services team at 336.889.8446. Consultations are scheduled weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I thank God for putting good people in the right job for people like me...

~ Patient family member