Dealing with the symptoms of a painful, serious illness is one of the most challenging things a person can go through. That’s why the VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove Palliative Care program is here – to provide special care to relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with serious or chronic conditions. Individuals can receive Palliative Care at the same time as they are receiving other treatments for their illness. Please know that Palliative Care is not the same thing as Hospice Care. Read more about Palliative Care below and call the VNA at 717-637-1227 or 800-422-3197 if you have additional questions.
What is Palliative Care?
• Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by providing advanced symptom management to relieve distressing symptoms
• Palliative care can be provided at any point during a patient’s illness
• Palliative care often accompanies other kinds of treatment, including radiation, chemotherapy, and other drug therapy
Who is eligible for Palliative Care?
• Patients with life-limiting diseases who may still be seeking curative treatment — a patient does not need to have a terminal prognosis
• Sufferers of chronic conditions which require aggressive pain management and symptom management
Why receive Palliative Care?
• Better measures for pain and symptom management
• Improved quality of life, and often longer life
• Care is focused on the goals of the patient and their family
• Gives patients the chance to live their lives more comfortably
• Helps meet emotional and spiritual needs
What’s the difference between Palliative Care & Hospice Care?
• The main difference: People receiving Palliative care can continue receiving curative treatments for their illness. In Hospice care, these curative measures are discontinued
• A person does not have to be under Hospice care or at the end of life to receive Palliative care.
• Palliative care is paid for like any other medical care, via insurance or Medicare.
How to receive Palliative Care
• Speak to your physician or health care provider about your desire to receive Palliative care, then call the VNA to set up an in-home assessment