Butler VA Health Care System
Palliative care is a plan of care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. It focuses on comfort for Veterans experiencing distressful symptoms of a serious, complex, chronic illness or from treatment for an illness. Palliative care concentrates on preventing or reducing distressing symptoms rather than reversing the progression of the disease.
Palliative care is similar to hospice in that the focus is on helping Veterans and families live as well as they can. It is different from hospice in that there is no time limit based on life expectancy. Palliative care can be provided right along with other medical care used to cure an illness or prolong life.
Palliative care represents a continuum of comfort and supportive services provided in the home, outpatient, or inpatient settings. Palliative care may be provided from the time an illness is diagnosed or during distressful symptoms of illness (which can be years), through hospice and bereavement care.
Palliative Care Services
- Pain and symptom management
- Education (so Veterans and families can make informed health care decisions)
- Assistance with establishing goals of care
- Advance care planning, including completion of Advance Directives & Healthcare Power of Attorney
- Emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial support for Veterans and families
- Assistance in obtaining needed durable medical equipment and supplies
- Assistance in obtaining needed VA and community home services
Is Palliative Care right for me?
Research has shown that palliative care improves health care quality in three ways: Relief of physical and emotional suffering; Improvement in patient-provider communication and decision making; and Coordinated continuity of care across multiple health care settings.
For more information about Palliative Care at VA Butler Healthcare, talk with your Primary Care Provider, contact VA Butler Healthcare’s Palliative Care Coordinator at 724-285-2763 or 1-800-362-8262 ext 2763.
- VA Butler Healthcare
- 800-362-8262 Ext. 2763
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