What Can Be Expected From Arbor Palliative Care?
Your palliative care team, made up of your physician and an Arbor Palliative Care physician or nurse practitioner, combine vigorous pain and symptom control into every part of your treatment. Team members spend as much time with you and your family as medically necessary, to help you understand your condition, care options and other needs.
The palliative care team works with you, your family and primary physician to:
- Provide relief from pain and symptoms, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and problems with sleep, that may be interfering with daily life
- Improve quality of life
- Discuss the wishes, goals and concerns of you and your family
- Coordinate care with your physician and other specialists who are involved with the care
- Meet medical, emotional and social needs
- Reduce unwanted, unnecessary and painful interventions by establishing your goals and focusing on what is important to you
- Support family members who are coping with changes in your health status
- Help you and your family gain a greater understanding of the illness, options for treatment, the choices you may face and help you anticipate future needs
- Allow you to have more control over your care
What does an Arbor Palliative Care consultation include?
A physician or nurse practitioner with a specialty in palliative care will visit you in your own home or facility and then contact your physician with recommendations. Your own physician continues to manage your plan of care with input from the palliative care practitioner. During the palliative care visit, Arbor Palliative Care will assess and address pain and other distressing symptoms, discuss goals of care and assist you and your family with understanding the disease and its treatment options. Arbor Palliative Care will continue to follow-up with you and your physician, as medically necessary, to ensure symptoms are being managed.