A serious illness can be stressful and frightening for both the patient and family. Palliative care focuses treating the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – while alleviating the symptoms of the life threatening or chronic illness.
Palliative care is specialized medical care that includes emotional and spiritual support, along with relief of physical symptoms. Whether the diagnosis is curable, chronic or life-threatening, our purpose is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. The palliative care team at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
Home-based palliative care services can be helpful for those who have experienced several trips to the emergency room or admissions to the hospital because of their illness, and particularly for those who have increased difficulty managing and understanding their care.
Do you or someone you know have a serious illness such as:
- Liver Failure
- Multiple Sclerosis or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Kidney Failure
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
With symptoms such as:
- Shortness of Breath
- Problems with Sleep
- Lack of Appetite/Nausea
These services are provided within the home – wherever home may be: residential, nursing home, or an assisted living facility. Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance companies will pay for home-based palliative care.
Getting palliative care at home is as easy as asking for it.
Contact HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Palliative Care at (715) 717-7485 for more information.
Death is one of the most challenging human experiences. It leaves an emotional wound that takes time and expression of grief to heal. The Chippewa County Grief Education Guidance Team provides an ongoing Grief Support Group which offers a safe place to listen or express thoughts without rejection or judgment. The group is free, open to all, and meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 PM at our hospital. Please call (715) 717-7581.