What is Palliative Home Care?
When a loved one is diagnosed with an advanced disease - such as cancer, end-stage cardiac disease, end-stage renal disease or any serious illness - and he or she is ready to come home, what type of care is better - Home Health or Hospice? Typically, Home Health provides the physical treatment required by the patient. On the other hand, Hospice care does not provide "curative" treatment but has specialized expertise in pain and symptom management.
BJC Hospice has combined the physical treatment of home health care with the pain and symptom management provided by our hospice program into our Palliative Home Care Program. This blended program gives home-bound patients with an advanced illness a third choice. With palliative home care, the patient can still be seeking a cure, but greater emphasis is put on making the patient comfortable and improving the quality of life.
Palliative home care allows for curative treatment, but brings in a staff of compassionate and skilled nurses that are experts at pain and symptom management and coordination of care for the patient and family.
Palliative home care is physician directed and features a specially trained and dedicated team. The clinical team is expert in caring for patients with complex medical diseases. The goal of palliative home care is to promote independence through education. The patient and caregiver actively participate in planning for the care and managing symptoms of the disease.