When faced with a serious illness or
life-altering health issue, in-home palliative care is often the best option
for most patients. Kaweah Delta Home Health offers compassionate palliative
care to effectively manage pain and increase patient comfort while their
doctors continue to seek a cure. Our palliative care services help not just the
patient, but their families as well. We offer family members ongoing emotional
support while helping them find other community resources and educational
While some associate palliative care
with hospice care, the two are different in many ways. Palliative care is
available to patients during a serious illness, regardless of their prognosis.
Palliative care can also be delivered while the patient is still receiving
treatment to cure their illness or go into remission. Finally, there is no set
timetable for palliative care; it can be long-term or short-term. When it’s
determined a patient needs hospice care, Kaweah Delta Home Health can
transition them into our hospice program
Who is a candidate for in-home
Palliative care is available to
anyone suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease or chronic
illness, but still seeking a cure. This service is designed to effectively
manage pain and discomfort, while giving patients the option of returning to
the hospital for further treatment. Patients who most often seek palliative
care suffer from such diseases as cancer, congestive heart failure, HIV/AIDS,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, and
other chronic diseases.
Palliative Care Services:
- Management of pain and other symptoms including
fatigue, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, or
- Working with patients and their families to
discuss care options and long-term goals.
- In-depth education on the specific disease, its
symptoms, process and effective medications.
- Coordinating care with the patient’s physician
and other caregivers.
- Nurses on-call around the clock for
- Working with families to help them cope with the
situation and discover the most effective ways they can assist.
- Serving as an educational resource for families
and connecting them to local agencies and organizations that can help.
- Providing a seamless transition to Kaweah Delta Hospice when necessary.