Palliative Care

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Managing a complex illness has many phases that constantly challenge the mind, body, and spirit — don’t wait until things become exacerbated to receive the care you need. Partner with Bonita Springs to create a palliative care plan that is consistent with your needs and desires for every stage.

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Concerns With Traditional Models Of Care

Navigating a serious illness demands a great deal of attention and energy not only in managing it, but figuring out the kind of care you need, when you need it. Oftentimes, patients are overseeing their treatment as symptoms develop or get worse — managing their health acutely.

Traditional care methods keep you reliant on frequenting your primary care physician, urgent care facilities, emergency rooms, and hospitals that strip you of your autonomy with unwanted treatments because there is no care plan in place, and the medical attention you receive is far from personalized.

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a specialized medical model for those living with a serious illness. Quality of life is the goal of palliative care with symptom relief and reducing the burden of stress being two of the core foundations.

A team of professionals that include doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and more coordinate this specialized care to add layer upon layer of additional support to help you and your loved ones in managing a complex illness at any age in any stage.

Palliative care is a dynamic approach to care, and is a broader umbrella that serves as a continuation of care throughout the lifecycle of a serious illness. At Bonita Springs, our palliative care encompasses our three core services including home care, hospice care, and in-home health care.

Understanding Palliative Care

Palliative care disrupts the traditional care model for managing a complex illness and approaches it from a patient-first standpoint. Instead of being in and out of the hospital and other healthcare facilities with no dedicated team to provide you medical, emotional, or spiritual care, palliative care centers you and needed interventions are guided by what you and your team have developed so there is never any second-guessing your wishes or going through unsought treatments.

Clarity Begins With Palliative Care

One of the major benefits of palliative care is developing a care directive with your designated team. Unlike hospitals or doctor’s offices where you’re a quick 15-minute-or-less consult, palliative care specialists build your care through in-depth conversations that are centered around your goals.

This can include conversations with your family, and even a way to involve your primary care physician in advance care planning directives so everyone is clear and on the same page about what you want.

Palliative Care Moves Beyond Medical

A complex illness is multifaceted and involves more than just medical care, which is why palliative care implements overarching care that also addresses emotional and spiritual needs, in addition to financial guidance.

A palliative care team can not only help manage physical symptoms and pain and emotional symptoms such as anxiety and grief, but also guide a patient and their family with financial counseling to help manage the financial hardship that living with a serious illness can bring.

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Who Can Receive Palliative Care?

Anyone living with a serious illness can receive palliative care from Bonita Springs. The idea that palliative care is only for the elderly is a myth — there is no age requirement for palliative care, nor is care refused at a certain stage of illness.

Determining If Palliative Care is Right For You Or Your Loved One

  • Are you living with a chronic or serious illness?
  • Do you require ongoing care or pain management intervention?
  • Do you have pain that is out of control or difficult to manage?
  • Are you affected emotionally as a result of your illness?
  • Do you find it hard to connect with your loved ones because of your illness?
  • Are your loved ones aware of your treatment goals and advanced care planning wishes?

Where Does Palliative Care Take Place?

Palliative care isn’t necessarily a facility you go to, but it’s specialized care that you receive. Palliative care is available in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, other outpatient clinics, and at home.

Bonita Springs palliative care customizes care both in the comfort of your own home and in our specialized palliative care facility.

What Encompasses Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an umbrella of services provided by Bonita Springs that include home care services, hospice care, and in-home health care, depending on the level of care you need and your stage of illness.

Home Care Services From Bonita Springs

Home care services from Bonita Springs can improve quality of life through helping you regain your independence or stay independent, longer. Our team can help you navigate activities of daily living (ADL) as you’re recovering from surgery or major health issues, even including a diagnosis of a serious illness or disability.

Home care services are non-medical in nature, and our team members are able to address personal care assistance such as medication reminders and bathing, companion care services such as grocery shopping and transportation, and specific care for those with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, etc.

Hospice Care From Bonita Springs

Hospice care is an advanced type of care that Bonita Springs provides. Hospice care is a more specific, tailored type of palliative care that centers around individuals with a terminal illness who have six months or less to live.

Our team of hospice care professionals works with the patient and their loved ones that make the heart of the treatment quality of life. This focuses on pain management and keeping the patient comfortable.

In-Home Health Care From Bonita Springs

In-home health care is similar to our home care services except that it does provide medical services from doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and more. This type of care is for those who have a serious illness that is more advanced than what our home care services offer, but isn’t a hospice case.

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Paying For Palliative Care

It’s vital to begin discussing palliative care with financials in mind. When you know you need care, communication is integral — the sooner these tough topics are covered, the better. One of the biggest burdens people fear — and fear for their loved ones — is the financial strain it might cause. Once you can get a plan in place, you can receive the care you require and improve your quality of life.

Most insurance plans cover palliative care either partially or in full, and both Medicare and Medicare provide some assistance for palliative care.

The Financial Process Of Palliative Care

Beginning the process of palliative care is handled similarly to being referred to a medical specialist — it’s typical to have your primary care physician refer you for palliative care, but you can also request a referral.

Private Insurance

Many private health care plans provide some form of coverage for palliative care. Additionally, a long-term care policy may also carry palliative care benefits. Consult with your health care provider to learn about palliative care coverage for your plan.

Medicare

Medicare does not recognize the term palliative care, so Medicare Part B is the medical coverage that can be used for this type of care that typically includes services from professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.

Medicaid

If you use Medicaid as health insurance, it may be able to cover some palliative care services and treatments such as medications and doctor visits. Like Medicare, Medicaid does not recognize the term palliative care, so you’ll receive coverage from the standard Medicaid benefits.

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Leveraging Palliative Care In The Course of Serious Illness

There is a way to improve your quality of life, even as you’re battling a complex illness. If you’re tired of the outdated and traditional approach to serious and chronic conditions, palliative care enhances how you can experience life and help you embrace it on your terms.

Traditional Care Models

  • Disconnected Care: You may be seeing a variety of healthcare professionals separately — they’re not communicating as a team to enhance your care.
  • Short Care Windows: If you’re in and out of hospitals or other medical facilities, it’s a numbers game. You’ll likely have short and rushed appointments that are 15 minutes or less, often leaving you with the feeling that you’re unimportant and just another patient.
  • Incohesive Services: At the end of the day, you’re a patient and need guidance on what you may need medically. You can’t get the care you need when you don’t have a team of people overseeing your care.
  • Reduced Care: In the traditional model of care, it can be easy to slip through the cracks because of all the different medical professionals you’re seeing and the lack of communication between them.

Palliative Care

  • A Team Approach: Your palliative care team works together to discuss your treatment plan to provide you with the best care, improving your quality of life.
  • Tailored, Individualized Care: Through the palliative care team at Bonita Springs, our professionals from all fields prioritize you — we’re happy to sit down and answer questions and give you the time you need to develop a care plan that aligns with your wishes.
  • Adaptive Care: Bonita Springs provides a continuation of care that adapts with the ever-changing needs of your condition with insight on what your next step in care may look like.
  • Improved Quality Of Care: The quality of your care goes up when you receive palliative care services from Bonita Springs. All of our team members are working together for you — you are our top priority.

What Types Of Conditions Are Appropriate For Palliative Care?

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Cancer

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Heart Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease

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Parkinson’s Disease

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Multiple Sclerosis

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Renal Disease

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ALS

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Stroke

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HIV/AIDS

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The Impact Of Palliative Care

Palliative care is advantageous to the patient and their family in so many ways, including improving their quality of life, relieving chronic pain and suffering, matching treatment options to their care goals, and working with a team of professionals.

One of the greatest impacts palliative care has is reducing outside admissions to other healthcare facilities, which not only enhances a better quality of life, but it’s a more affordable option as well.

  • We know palliative care achieves the following:
  • Reduces emergency department visits, hospital admissions and readmissions, and length of stay when hospitalized.
  • Raises patient and family satisfaction with care
  • Prevents major health crises

Don’t Put Off Quality Palliative Care Services…

There is no reason to withhold palliative care, and it’s only a disservice to wait until your condition worsens. Bonita Springs is by your side, offering a continuation of care to meet you where you’re at.

Our palliative care services are adaptive and tailored, so while one patient may need home care services in their initial heart attack recovery, our team members can assist in that until they make a full recovery and regain independence.

On the other hand, if the patient’s condition takes a turn for the worse and they are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, we can address the level of care and begin to explore hospice options.

No matter what stage you’re in, Bonita Springs can help — we can create a plan early and make accommodations as things change.

For more information on our palliative care services, connect with Bonita Springs today.

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