Palliative Care Benefits

Home Health and Hospice

​Inpatient Palliative Care

Palliative care is comfort care. If you have a serious or life-threatening disease, a healthcare specialist will work with you from the time of diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Palliative (comfort) care: 

  • Manages symptoms and pain, providing physical and emotional support

  • Allows for a smooth transition between home healthcare and hospice care, while allowing continuity of care

  • Addresses the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual issues of patients

Our goals include:

  • Improving quality of life

  • Advocating for all patients

  • Relieving physical, emotional and spiritual suffering

  • Supporting the family and patients with all decisions

Palliative care services include: 

  • Symptom Management: Pain, dyspnea, constipation, anxiety, depression

  • Advanced Directives: Healthcare representative, living will, DNR forms

  • Education on disease, options

  • Family meetings

  • Prognostication

  • Help in referral to hospice, if appropriate

Patients who are eligible have:

  • Life-threatening illness

  • Decline in function

  • Difficulty to control symptoms

  • Multiple hospitalizations

  • Difficult to understand their goals

  • CHF, COPD, Cancer (at any stage), Crohn’s, Lupus, ESRD, etc.

  • Call for referral

Your team members may include:

  • Physicians

  • Nurse Practitioners/RNs

  • Social Workers

  • Chaplains

  • Pharmacists

  • Bereavement counselors through hospice

For more information on services, call (260) 373-9800.

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