Palliative Care Program

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The Palliative Care Program is provided by MemorialCare Home Health. Payment is provided by Medicare or other insurance under the home health benefit. Our program is a transitional program between skilled, non-palliative home care services and hospice.

Palliative Care Services

  • Palliative care team manage patient's care which is provided in the patient’s home.
  • Registered nurses are on-call 24 hours-a-day, seven days per week.
  • Scheduled home visits and after hours phone consultation if necessary.

Who Is Eligible?

Palliative care is for patients with a progressive, life-limiting condition including cancer, heart or lung disease. The patient and family may not be ready for hospice. Patients are eligible for Palliative Care if they:

  • Have an average life expectancy of one year or less
  • Have a skilled nursing need
  • Are homebound
  • Have a physician referral for palliative care

How Is Palliative Care Different from Home Care or Hospice?

Palliative care allows patients to continue on curative treatments such as, radiation, chemotherapy, dialysis, or blood transfusions. Pain and symptom control related to physical, emotional and spiritual concerns are evaluated and managed. The goal is to achieve comfort, improve quality of life and provide support for patients and their caregivers. It is also to help patients understand and prepare for the future course of their illness and think about the choices they are likely to face.

The Palliative Care Team

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary approach to care. The physician, registered nurse, social worker, home health aide, dieticians and physical, occupational and speech therapists work together along with the patient, the family and caregiver to help direct and manage the patient’s care which is provided in the patient’s home. Registered nurses are on-call 24 hours-a-day, seven days per week to provide scheduled home visits and after hours phone consultation if necessary. The frequency of the home visits is determined by the patient’s needs and the physician’s orders. Each team member plays a unique role in caring for our patients.

  • The Medical Director collaborates with the team and as needed with the patient’s physician to ensure pain and disease related symptoms are managed effectively.
  • Registered Nurses are educated in pain, symptom management and end-of-life care. They coordinate care, monitor ongoing treatments, assist patients in communicating their desires and help them make the transition to appropriate care settings.
  • Social Workers provide emotional support, psychological counseling and assistance in making end-of-life decisions.

Payment Plans

We accept Medicare, HMO, PPO and EPO plans. We also accept workers’ compensation, private insurance plans and private payment.