Pain and Symptom Relief

We can offer you and your family quick relief from pain and symptoms, known as “palliative care.” Our Palliative Care Team will work with you and your doctors to control discomfort. This means managing side effects from treatments, the disease, or emotional distress. You can receive palliative care long before you would be eligible for hospice services. Consider palliative care as soon as the difficult diagnosis is made.

Palliative CareHospice Services
DefinitionA medical specialty that relieves symptoms and improves quality of life for individuals of any age, at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-limitingA philosophy of patient-centered care that treats the person, rather than the life-limiting diagnosis by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual and their family
Timing of CareBegins early, once the effects of an illness begin to impact quality of lifeBegins later, once it’s decided that the focus of treatment should shift from curing to caring
DurationThroughout the treatment processWhen physician determines that a realistic life expectancy is six months or less
Care StrategiesPain Control, Symptom Relief, Psychosocial SupportPain Control, Symptom Relief, Spiritual Support, Psychosocial Support, Bereavement Support

Palliative Care Facts

MisconceptionFact
Isn’t Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?Although Palliative Care and Hospice Care share the same principles of comfort and support, Palliative Care begins at the onset of an advanced illness journey, whether it is curative or life-limiting.
I already have a primary care doctor, why do I need a Palliative Care doctor?Palliative Care is a medical specialty, just like Cardiology and Oncology. Palliative Care physicians work with your primary care physician and other specialists to provide complete patient care.

Hospice Services Facts

MisconceptionFact
Isn’t hospice only for those in the final stages or hours of dying?No. Patients referred to hospice with terminal illnesses of 6 months to live can receive the full benefits of hospice. There is no fixed limit of time that a patient may continue to receive hospice services.
Aren’t all hospice programs the same?No. Medicare requires hospices to provide a basic level of care – the quantity and quality of services varies from one hospice to another. WV Caring provides options for comfort treatments that others may not.

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