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