Palliative care treats the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any age or stage of illness and can be provided with curative treatment.
Our palliative nurse practitioner improves the quality of life with additional layers of care and support for both the family and the patient with a serious illness.
Care based on need, not prognosis
Palliative care is often misunderstood, and it is essential to recognize that palliative care is not end-of-life care. Palliative care focuses on a team-driven approach that centers on patient-centered care goals such as quality of life, symptom burden, emotional well-being, communication, continuity of care, and caregiver burden.
When is palliative care right for you?
Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from physical, emotional and spiritual stress, pain or other symptoms due to serious illness. Illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with the treatment meant to cure. It is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid and delivered in various settings, including home and at assisted living facilities.
Palliative care can co-occur with all other treatments for your illness, and there is no reason to wait. Some studies have shown that palliative care may extend life. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and stress can impact your family; palliative care can help. Ask your doctor for a referral. Our palliative care team works together with your primary care provider and other specialists.
Tuesday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
2500 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend
Jefferson Healthcare is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.
Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering, Our palliative care team is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Founded in 1978, NHPCO members and programs are dedicated to providing the best in patient-centered care.
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