Ridgeview's palliative care team treats patients dealing with serious (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) medical conditions. This extra layer of support focuses on relieving your suffering and improving your quality of life, alongside the continuation of life-prolonging treatments prescribed by other providers. Our palliative care team develops a mind, body and spirit plan of care for you and your family. You and your family may receive care in both clinic and hospital settings.
Ridgeview's palliative care services include:
- Symptom management
- Emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their loved ones
- Guidance through difficult medical decisions
Palliative care services are often provided to patients with the following medical conditions (but not limited to):
- Chronic lung disease (COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.)
- Congestive heart failure or other serious heart conditions
- Renal (kidney) failure
- Liver failure
- Neurodegenerative (dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s)
Ridgeview’s Palliative Care Team
Ridgeview’s palliative care team works with you to meet your individual needs, providing:
- Complex symptom management (i.e., pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite)
- Emotional and/or spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones
- Decisional support such as discussing “goals of care” and future decisions, including the completion of a Health Care Directive
Our multi-disciplinary palliative care team includes a specially-trained palliative care physician, an advanced practice registered nurse and a spiritual health professional (chaplain).
When to Consider Palliative Care
Referrals for palliative care services are made by your physician or hospitalist when there is a serious illness (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) and an unmet need relating to your symptom management, support or decision making.
Insurance coverage for palliative care varies by plan. Please contact your insurance provider and ask about palliative care coverage.