If a patient is suffering from a chronic illness, is still seeking curative treatments, and needs extra support in managing their symptoms, they are more than likely eligible for palliative care. Palliative services can begin as soon as someone receives the terminal diagnosis. The care includes an entire care team that works together to provide specialized support to help control the symptoms or pain associated with the patient’s condition.
A patient’s eligibility for palliative care can fluctuate, however. Some patients may see an improvement in their condition and “graduate” from palliative services. Other patients might experience a decline in their health, progression of their disease, or a new prognosis from their doctor that might lead them to hospice care.
A palliative care consult will assist you in managing complex pain, symptoms, comorbidities, patient/family communication, and other issues. Palliative Care will also save you time.
Indications for palliative care referral:
- Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
- Unintentional Weight loss
- Multiple hospitalizations
- Continuity of care among healthcare providers/patients
- Difficult to control physical or emotional symptoms related to a serious medical condition
- Patient, family or physician uncertainty regarding prognosis or goals of care
- AND/DNR order conflicts
- Need for Advance Directives
- Use of tube feedings or TPN in cognitively impaired or seriously ill patients
- Limited social support and a serious illness (e.g., homeless, chronic mental illness)
- Patient or family psychological or spiritual suffering
Anyone can make a referral to Life Touch Hospice:
- Family members
- Nursing homes
- Faith communities
For questions or to request a palliative care consult for your patient call 870-310-1022