The goal of palliative care is to control pain and symptoms associated with treatment of a serious illness. Unfortunately, treatment side effects can include chronic pain, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath and varying other symptoms. Patients often find themselves making multiple trips to the hospital, physician’s office or emergency room seeking relief.
Through Home Health Palliative Care, patients can benefit from expert pain and symptom management—in the comfort of their own home. Care is provided with a holistic approach, focusing on the medical, spiritual and emotional stressors of treatment. We’ll sit together and have an open discussion about each patient’s lifestyle needs and goals, and develop an individualized plan of care to enhance quality of life.
Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Care
Palliative care is provided though an interdisciplinary approach where multiple disciplines are incorporated into the patient’s plan of care. Our staff will consult with a palliative care pharmacist for medication recommendations that will most effectively treat the physical symptoms. We’ll also discuss external factors that may contribute to physical ailments— family support, financial burdens, spiritual unease, etc. If the services of a social worker or chaplain can help alleviate some spiritual or emotional stressors, we’ll incorporate them into the plan of care.
Advance Care Planning
Each patient’s plan of care also emphasizes Advance Care Planning. If, at any time, you are unable to speak for yourself and make your own decisions, how will the people caring for you know how to treat you? Have you discussed your wishes with family and friends?
We’ll provide the materials necessary and walk through the process of preparing an Advance Directive. This process will include discussion of a Durable Power of Attorney, living will, and/or durable power of attorney for healthcare. Regardless of age or health status, having your wishes documented is important.
Who pays for Home Health Palliative Care?
Palliative care services are covered under the Home Health benefit through Medicare, Illinois Medicaid and most private insurance plans. For more information, visit our billing & insurance page or contact us.
What are the qualifications for Home Health Palliative Care?
To qualify, patients must meet criteria for home health eligibility. Patients must additionally meet the following:
- Patient is in advanced stages of treatment for a complex medical condition.
- Physician must order Home Health Palliative Care.
For more information about our Home Health Palliative Care program, call 217-788-4663 or 800-582-8667, or email us.