What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
Both programs offer specialized medical care for people with a life-limiting illness:
• Palliative care is for individuals with a prognosis of 24 months or less and focuses on the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness;
• Hospice care is for individuals with a life expectancy of 6 months or less and focuses on providing medical, emotional and spiritual comfort and support to both the patient and their loved ones.
Who is appropriate for the Community Palliative Care Program?
• Individuals with a diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and living in a private residence;
• Individuals who are having episodes of significant progression/exacerbation of a disease;
• Patients with a significant change in functional and /or psychosocial status related to a life limiting condition
Can palliative care patients continue to receive curative treatments?
Yes, palliative care works together with other treatment modalities including curative measures.
What services are included with the Community Palliative Care Program?
• Home visits from a Casa de la Luz Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Clinical Social worker;
• Assessment of, and recommendations for, symptom management and addressing the patient and family’s psychosocial and spiritual needs;
• Goals of Care discussions;
• Advance Care Planning information, education and guidance;
• Music therapy, volunteer support and referrals to community resources.
Who is the attending provider for a patient on Palliative Care?
The patient’s primary and/or specialized provider(s) remain at the center of the patient’s care. The Casa de la Luz Palliative Care team acts as an extra layer of support, offering recommendations to the attending provider and augmenting care for the patient and their loved ones through symptom management and social support.