Presentation on theme: "PALLIATIVE CARE WORKING AS A TEAM TO IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE May 2013."— Presentation transcript:
PALLIATIVE CARE WORKING AS A TEAM TO IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE May 2013
Outline What it is palliative care? How can it help you? Who is on the team? How does it work? Where do you receive it? When can you receive it? How much does it cost? Helpful information Questions
What is palliative care? Palliative (pronounced pay-lee-a-tive or pal-ee-a-tive) means relieving and lessening Specialized care Helps relieve and lessen the symptoms, pain, and stress resulting from a serious illness or disease Helps improve quality of life Different than hospice. It is not just end-of-life care Meets physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
Serious illness examples Palliative care can help with serious illness or disease. Here are some examples: Cancer Dementia Heart disease HIV/AIDS Kidney failure Liver disease Lung disease Multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease
Who is on the team? The team can include: Doctors Nurses Social workers Pharmacists Nutritionists Spiritual advisors, and Mental health specialists The team is based on each patient’s individual needs and goals.
How can it help you? Extra layer of support in addition to your normal healthcare provider. Helps with: Care coordination Guidance with medical decisions Communication Emotional and spiritual support Relief from pain and symptoms
How does it work? Ask your healthcare provider for a referral. Explore hospitals in your area with palliative care teams. After receiving a referral, you may meet with a palliative care team or doctor to learn your needs and preferences. You can meet one-on-one or in a group.
Where do you receive palliative care? You can receive palliative care in any of these places: Hospital Outpatient clinic Nursing home Assisted living facility Your home
When can you receive it? At any age, or any stage, of a serious illness or disease Illness diagnosis Never too late to start Your illness or disease does not have to be terminal
How much does it cost? Generally covered by health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. Depends on type of services you’re getting Financial assistance is often available if you don’t have health insurance You can: Contact your insurance company to see if they cover palliative care Talk with a social worker or your hospital’s financial counselor if you don’t have insurance
Helpful information Cancer Care: www.cancercare.org/patients_and_survivorswww.cancercare.org/patients_and_survivors Caring Connections: www.caringinfo.orgwww.caringinfo.org Compassion and Choices of Washington: www.compassionwa.orgwww.compassionwa.org International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care — Resources for Patients and Relatives: www.iasp-pain.orgwww.iasp-pain.org National Cancer Institute — Palliative Care in Cancer: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/palliative-care Palliative Care Provider Directory of Hospitals: www.getpalliativecare.org/providers
Questions? For more information: http://www.wacancer.org/TASKFORCES/SURVIVORSHIP.aspx