Palliative Care is Here for You

August 22, 2011 by gfmhm
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“To cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always – this is our work.” Anonymous

Palliative care is an approach to managing chronic disease and advanced illness that centers on relieving suffering and improving the quality of daily life for patients and their families.  Palliative care treats people at any age or stage of illness or suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac disease such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Palliative care can help to relieve the symptoms of these diseases, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor has been involved with developing a Palliative Care Program for this community through collaboration with Stratis Health (Minnesota’s Quality Improvement Organization) and other organizations throughout Minnesota. Dr. Ken Carter and Marcia Kells, Nurse Practitioner have been our champions for this project.  Clergy, volunteers, therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and others may be part of the palliative care team. The team supports the patient and family by controlling symptoms and helping the patient understand treatment options and goals. Working with providers, the palliative care team focuses on:

● Managing pain and symptoms

● Listening and ensuring treatments match healthcare goals.

● Finding the right services to meet your needs

● Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices

● Emotional and spiritual support

For more information, please contact your provider or the Home Care department.  This program is here to help patients better manage their symptoms and improve transitions between health care programs—such as when patients move from hospitals to nursing homes or from nursing homes to receiving care at home from a home health agency or transitioning to Hospice and may be covered through home care benefits.

We are here for you!





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