Palliative care can be provided at any time during a chronic illness. Patients can receive palliative care while still receiving treatment for any long-term progressive disease. Accessing palliative care as early as possible can help patients avoid, reduce or better prepare for difficulties that may result from the illness or treatment aimed at curing, reversing or slowing the condition.
Palliative care can help patients regain strength to carry on with their daily lives, avoid stressful trips to the hospital, exert control over their care and improve their ability to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can help patients and their families better understand their illness and treatment choices, and assist them in making decisions about what type of treatment they would prefer in the future.
What other benefits does palliative care offer?
Research has shown that palliative care services can improve quality of life and even extend the lives of patients. Palliative care increases patient satisfaction; decreases anxiety, depression and caregiver stress; and reduces hospital emergency room visits, re-admissions to the hospital and healthcare costs.
For outpatient palliative care services, which are provided at Valley's Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, any patient or family member who is considering outpatient palliative care can ask their physician for a referral to the program or may call 201-634-5699 to request a consultation.
In addition, Valley Home Care offers palliative care services to patients directly in their homes. For more information, please call 201-291-6233.