How do I know if palliative care is right for me?
Supportive and palliative care is an option if one has been diagnosed with a progressive chronic illness including congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and more. It may also be utilized for any uncontrolled symptom such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, difficulty sleeping, emotional distress, etc. Palliative care serves to complement care along with your current medical team. It can also be utilized at any time during the journey of one’s illness, even in combination with curative treatment. We acknowledge the tremendous amount of emotional stress and physical fatigue a caregiver can bear. Our service will assist you in the care of your loved one by providing an additional layer of support to ease your concerns, as well as assisting you in navigating the healthcare system if needed.
How does this service work with my own Doctor and Medical Team?
Empathic Healthcare will maintain a close partnership through communication with your medical team (PCP, Specialist(s) and Home Health) to ensure coordination and continuity of care. We also provide transitional care management upon discharge from the hospital/ rehabilitation facility. Post discharge and prior to one’s follow up appointment with their PCP and/or specialist, we strive to ensure a patient understands their discharge instructions. Our early medical intervention will help to prevent a patient from a possible hospital readmission and/or emergency room visit. Ultimately, our desire is to understand the specific needs of out patients and their families/caregivers as we strive to continually assess those needs.
How can I initiate palliative care?
Patients, family members, caregivers, physicians and extended medical care team can request a palliative care consultation at any time. We always encourage you to initially consult with your primary care physician and/or specialist to request this service in order to maintain continuity of medical care.
Where can I receive this care?
Empathic Healthcare can provide care in a variety of settings such as Home, Assisted Living, Memory Unit, Skilled Nursing, or Rest/Group Homes. Also, we provide transitional care management upon discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
What services does Empathic Healthcare provide?
- Comprehensive medical examination and follow up appointments
- Communication and partnership with your primary care physician and specialists with any recommendations to your medical plan of care
- Home and patient safety screening
- Medication reconciliation, renewal and management when needed
- Home health nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work coordination
- Durable medical equipment coordination
- Laboratory services
- Radiology services
- Community resource assistance and physician/health care company referrals
We will gladly work with your primary care physician, specialists, as well as, area hospitals and rehabilitation facilities in order to assist with the coordination of your medical care when needed.
What can I expect from this care?
You can expect to receive supportive, evidenced-based expert care to assist you and/or your family/caregiver. We will continue to discuss and consistently review your short and long-term goals of care in combination with your advanced care directives. We want you to remain comfortable, and as active as possible, all the while as we strive to ensure your needs and wishes are being met.
Does my insurance pay for palliative care?
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