Palliative care is available to inpatients of Blessing Hospital with any chronic or serious illness, as well as patients of Medical Oncology, the Skilled Nursing Unit, and all long-term care facilities in Adams County.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a medical specialty that adds to the care or treatments a person is already receiving. Our palliative care team includes doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains. We work with your doctor and the hospital staff to provide aggressive symptom management and supportive care.
Palliative Care and Hospice are not the same thing. The patient’s comfort and quality of life is a focus of both types of care. However, hospice specifically focuses on end-of-life care. Palliative care may be more ongoing and can be provided to any age and at any stage of a disease or illness.
Experience the Blessing Difference: Palliative Care
Blessing’s palliative care team is here for Blessing Hospital patients and their families. We are known for:
- Managing symptoms: We work with people to lessen pain, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, depression, shortness of breath, constipation, loss of appetite and other symptoms that may come with serious illness or are side effects of treatment.
- Making care decisions: We help patients and their families consider care choices and make decisions about quality of life and treatment options.
- Providing support: Our team helps identify what is important to the patient and family and communicates those issues to the patient's healthcare team. We can also:
- Facilitate communications in complicated family situations
- Provide spiritual and emotional support throughout the course of an illness
- Help identify needed resources for care at home or in another setting
- Accessibility: Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care is a non-profit organization. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance covers our services.
To learn more about hospice or palliative care, or to refer someone, call (877) 672-7610.