Palliative Care Program of Haven Medical Group
Palliative care is provided in the form of consultations as an additional layer of support working with the patient’s doctors. Haven provides expertise in managing patients with complex pain and symptom issues. Working with Haven’s interdisciplinary team including a physician board certified in palliative care and a board certified nurse practitioner, consultations include
- A complete patient assessment.
- Treatment recommendations to manage complex pain and other symptoms such as respiratory distress and anxiety.
- Assistance to achieve patient-identified goals of care.
- Follow-up with the attending physician.
The Key Benefits of a Palliative Care Consultation
- Consults available at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private residences.
- Reducing unnecessary hospital re-admissions by evaluating medication effectiveness and supporting patients and families.
- Improving pain and symptom management. Consider patients who have geriatric syndromes, CHF, COPD, renal disease, MS and cancer.
- Assisting clinicians with time-intense discussions relating to serious, life-limiting illness.
- Providing patients and families with spiritual and emotional support during a difficult time.
- Providing the attending physician and/or nurse practitioner with recommendations through a comprehensive evaluation and follow-up visits as indicated. These reports are faxed or emailed to your office according to your preference.
When is a Palliative Care Consultation Needed?
- Diagnosis and prognosis discussions, especially when prognosis may be unclear.
- Care and treatment issues are affecting the patient’s quality of life.
- Complex pain and symptom management is needed.
- Discussions relating to a patient’s goals of care.
- Advance care planning is needed.