When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a life-altering or chronic illness, your life can change dramatically. You may need information and support to help you adjust to these changes. Providence Home Health Palliative Care can manage patient care, and works to prevent or intervene early in issues that could lead to crisis and/or hospitalization.
Providence Home Health Palliative Care is an extension of our traditional Providence Home Health program. Patients needing palliative care often have complex needs that require specialized care.
Providence Home Health Palliative Care is part of our Home Services continuum of care, including Home Health, Hospice, Connections Palliative Care Consultation Service, Providence Home Medical Equipment and Providence Specialty Pharmacy Services.
Home Health Palliative Care offers:
- Management of difficult symptoms: The palliative care team helps to ease pain and breathing difficulties; helps to reduce nausea and constipation; and addresses loss of appetite, fear, anxiety, confusion, depression and more.
- Help in addressing changing goals of care: The team helps to identify the patient’s health care wishes; to adjust care plans as symptoms change, or as requested by the patient; and to transition the patient to hospice care, if necessary.
- Coordination of care throughout the illness: The team provides guidance regarding available treatment options; practical and emotional support for the family and caregivers; and counseling for individuals and families.
- Education: Knowledgeable team members help patients and family members or caregivers access community resources, support groups, patient education, and information about specific diseases or conditions.
Referral criteria: A physician’s order is required to obtain home health services. However, you may request information from Providence Home Health, and we will assist you with the process.
Payment: Medicare, Medicaid, worker’s compensation and most private insurance companies and HMOs cover the cost of home health care. Coverage and prior authorizations differ from plan to plan. Our staff will verify benefits and communicate with you about any financial responsibilities you may have.
Financial assistance may be available, based on income, if you do not have insurance. We know that recovery and rehabilitation can be challenging, to say the least. We at Providence Home Health want to help in practical ways to make your and your family’s experience a little easier.
We’ve developed a few tools that may help.