Overview

Palliative Home Health Care is an extension of Home Therapy’s traditional home health services and focuses on identifying and addressing concerns resulting from an illness or disease. The non-hospice Palliative services are incorporated with the skilled care provided by the Home Therapy clinical team.

The goal of Home Therapy’s Palliative Home Health Care is to address the burdens that an illness may create and, therefore, support the best quality of life for patients regardless of the disease stage or the need for other treatment of therapies.

The services include consultation with a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. The issues addressed can range and change over time as the illness progresses. The focus could include such things as a need for education, assistance with planning, assistance with community resources or symptom management such as weight loss, pain, sleeplessness or anxiety.

Persons appropriate for the services include patients eligible for the Medicare home health benefit, patients that may be newly diagnosed with an illness or are at various points along the disease trajectory and patients not eligible for hospice.

The services involve:

  • Meeting with a nurse trained in the specialty of Palliative Care to discuss needs and goals
  • Development of an action plan to address concerns or ways to improve the quality of life of the patient and/or family
  • Coordination of care with the team of clinicians providing skilled care
  • Communication and coordination with the patient’s physicians
  • Counseling and emotional support as needed
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Assistance with the advance care planning process
  • Patient and family education