Palliative Care

  • Department of:
  • Adena Regional Medical Center

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

The Adena Palliative Care team works together to support the patient and family by preventing and alleviating suffering. They provide pain management and symptom control. The team works with the patient’s other doctors as an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. The team supports the patient and the patient’s family.

Why the Acute Palliative Care Unit at Adena?

Located on the 2nd floor of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, the newly renovated five bed unit is designed for brief stays to address symptom management, family decision making and discharge planning.

Working closely with the patient’s primary doctor, our palliative care team provides coordinated care throughout the patient’s stay. Our team is made up of an attending physician, nurse practitioners, social workers, Adena Hospice providers and chaplains. It is a requirement that the patient have a “Do Not Resuscitate” order to be considered for admission to the unit.

Our rooms come equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, televisions, iPod docks / radios, sleep chairs for loved ones, among other amenities.

How to know if a loved one needs Palliative Care?

It’s never too early to start palliative care. In fact, palliative care can occur at the same time as all other treatments for an illness and does not depend upon the course of a disease. Serious illnesses and their treatments can cause exhaustion, anxiety and depression. The Palliative Care team at Adena can help control pain and other symptoms that affect your quality of life.

Ways to recognize the needs for care include:

  • Frequent trips to the emergency room
  • Three or more admission to the hospital with the same symptoms within a 12 month period
  • Uncontrolled symptoms
  • Presence of multiple serious illnesses
  • Difficult side effects from treatment

How is Palliative Care Covered?

Medicare and private insurance plans generally cover care in an in-hospital palliative care unit, just as with other hospital admissions. Your share of the cost depends on your plan’s benefits.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions please call us at 740-779-8873

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