Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is specialized medical care for patients with serious illnesses who may be seeking curative treatment and can benefit from extra assistance and supportive care. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported in 2010 that seriously ill patients who received palliative care experienced less depression, reported improved quality of life, and survived an average of 2.7 months longer than those who did not receive palliative care.

Visiting Nurse’s Palliative Medical Consultations are provided by a special team of doctors and nurse practitioners who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Our Palliative Home Care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness, and it can be provided at the same time a patient is seeking curative treatment.

Palliative Care consultations:

Visiting Nurse’s physicians and nurse practitioners conduct palliative medicine consultations in various settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics and in some circumstances in the home. Our Palliative Clinic is located at 7802 West Jefferson Boulevard and sees patients during the week. Consultations with patients and their families or caregivers include review of medical issues and discussion about goals of care. Call (260) 435-3222 for more information. We can develop a plan of care to help you.

Palliative Home Care

Supportive care for home-bound patients

Our Palliative home care helps patients who are home-bound live as comfortably as possible while undergoing curative treatments. The Visiting Nurse palliative home care team can help manage health care needs at home or in an assisted living facility. We help patients and their families and caregivers learn about symptom control and pain management.

How can Palliative Home Care help? By providing:

  • Skilled nursing visits
  • Social worker services
  • Home health aide visits
  • Therapies as needed for rehabilitation
  • 24-hour RN on call for questions, emergencies or visits.

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs and to help patient autonomy, access to information and choice. Visiting Nurse is proud to provide palliative care as part of its circle of care for those affected by serious illnesses and their families in northeast Indiana.