Palliative Care in Miami, FL
Also known as supportive care, palliative care is specialized medical care for seniors living with a serious illness. While some types of care have the aim of finding a treatment or a cure, the goal of palliative care is to relieve pain and discomfort and improve the quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family. High-quality palliative care is performed by a team of professional doctors, nurses, and specialists who work together to provide a layer of support to the patient.
Palliative care is one of the many in-home care services provided by the professional caregivers at Advancare. We employ only the most committed, highly qualified, and carefully selected caregivers to give palliative care, and we serve the entire Miami, FL area.
Palliative care is a type of in-home senior care that focuses on improving the quality of life of the senior and their loved ones. Caregivers treat people suffering from the stress and symptoms of serious illnesses, such as:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Kidney disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
The goal of the palliative caregiver is to relieve the pain and suffering associated with these types of diseases. Symptoms may include things such as pain, depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and anxiety. The palliative care team will give the patient the necessary strength to carry on with their everyday day by relieving these symptoms as much as possible. Studies have shown that patients who receive palliative care lived longer than those who did not receive the care.
Levels of Care
Palliative care can be divided into four levels of care, depending on each patient and their unique needs.
- Routine palliative care: In this stage, the patient receives care at his or her residence. This is the most common type of palliative care and the type provided by Advancare.
- General inpatient care: If the symptoms progress to the point where he or she can no longer be cared for at home, the next level involves being moved to a nursing facility, a hospital, or a hospice inpatient facility.
- Continuous care: This type of care occurs when the patient is at risk of hospitalization.
- Respite care: The patient is typically cared for at a long-term care facility with 24-hour nursing personnel on staff.
To determine if your loved one qualifies for palliative care, here is a checklist. If you answered yes to one of these questions, they likely qualify:
- Does the illness require ongoing care?
- Is your loved one undergoing physical pain?
- Does your loved one have a hard time understanding their illness?
- Has your loved one been diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness?
What to Expect
At Advancare, we employ only the most qualified and compassionate caregivers. Palliative care can be a difficult process for everybody involved, but our caregivers are skilled at providing relief, empathy, and care.
How to Get in Touch
If you wish you learn more about the palliative care services at Advancare, contact our Miami caregivers at (305) 441-9794 today.