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Palliative Care in O’Fallon

If someone has been diagnosed with a serious illness and is starting rigorous treatment, families will want to make sure that their loved ones are as comfortable as possible and that all care needs are met. With palliative care from Abbey Senior Health, patients and their caregivers can get the support they need through a comprehensive care approach aimed at meeting the needs of the mind, body, and spirit.

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What is Palliative Care?

While palliative care is provided in a clinical environment as opposed to the patient’s home, care teams work to ensure that the patient feels as comfortable and attended to as they would at home.

Palliative care is often a better choice for patients who may not be eligible for hospice care, as palliative care patients don’t need to meet the Medicare requirements in place for hospice care. Palliative care is also available from the time of diagnosis all the way up to the end-of-life stage, and it can include curative treatment, unlike hospice care that excludes curative treatment and which is limited to those with a prognosis of six months or less.

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Palliative Care Services

A palliative care program entails much more than just care for physical symptoms and suffering; it can ensure your loved one will be able to live an active and comfortable lifestyle. Not only will the care team provide care for patients, but they will also provide support for patient’s families during this time.

The care team provides comprehensive palliative care by establishing clear and realistic goals that cover all practical needs, including:

  • The management of various physical symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, nausea, constipation, insomnia, and more 
  • Spiritual support 
  • Care coaching services for families 
  • Techniques for reducing anxiety, stress, and depression 
  • Discussions with patients and families about the treatment options available to them 
  • Coordination of care with the patient’s health care providers

Does My Loved One Qualify for Palliative Care?

Many people mistakenly believe that, like hospice care, palliative care is only for patients in their last days of life and the final stages of a terminal illness. However, palliative care is available to those who have recently been diagnosed all the way through the treatment process.

Some individuals may require palliative care if they have been diagnosed with certain chronic illnesses. In fact, most adults in need of palliative care suffer from diseases including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic respiratory illnesses
  • Diabetes
  • AIDS 
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Parkinson’s
  • Neurological diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Congenital defects
  • Mental conditions such as dementia.

If you want to determine whether your loved one qualifies for a palliative care program, ask some of the following questions:

  • Has your loved one recently received a diagnosis for a chronic or otherwise serious illness? 
  • Does your loved one require temporary or ongoing care to manage pain and discomfort? 
  • Is your loved one unable to care for him or herself? 
  • Is your loved one suffering from physical pain that he or she is unable to manage? 
  • Is your loved one having a difficult time coping with the illness? 
  • Does your loved one have a poor understanding of the nature of his or her illness? 
  • Is there currently any advanced care planning for your loved one that details his or her wants and needs? 
  • Is your loved one no longer benefiting from the curative treatment he or she is receiving? 
  • Is your loved one now ineligible for clinical trials? 
  • Is it unlikely that your loved one will recover, even with additional treatment?

Abbey Senior Health can help answer these questions. Contact us now to speak with a professional about you and your loved one’s options.

Personalized Care From Our Skilled Nursing Team

If you want to make sure your loved one receives the best possible palliative care, our team has years of experience providing skilled nursing in O’Fallon. We are committed to providing top-tier care services that keep your loved one consistently comfortable and active.

Patients who stay at Abbey Senior Health can benefit from a personalized palliative care program, private rooms, unparalleled clinical expertise, family visits, and faith-based care upon request. Our skilled nursing staff works to give our patients a better quality of life and their families peace of mind in knowing their loved ones are in good hands.

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Patients diagnosed with a serious illness have the potential of living for many years with palliative care, which is why it is a necessity for individuals who want to maximize comfort and control in their lives.

As part of a complete program of palliative care in O’Fallon, we also give our patients access to a religious-oriented community. While religious affiliation isn’t necessary, we can accommodate individuals of Catholic, Protestant, or non-denominational faiths. Our campus houses a chapel that holds Mass daily in addition to other services.

To discuss our palliative care services and how we can provide for your loved one, contact Abbey Senior Health today.