PALLIATIVE MEDICINE SERVICE
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care (PAL-e-a-tive) Care is the active total care provided to patients living with advanced incurable illness and their families. It is interdisciplinary medical focused on relief of symptoms and the quality of life. Palliative Care can be provided along with treatments to reduce or cure the disease or it can be the total focus of care.
Who can benefit from Palliative Care?
Primarily, patients are critically ill or have a serious, chronic, complex illness which can be expected to deteriorate. Palliative Care assists patients and families with physical, psychosocial, emotional, or spiritual issues that arise when facing a serious illness.
Who is on the Palliative Care Team?
Dr. Robert Todd, Palliative Care Physician
Heather O-del, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator
Christie Brewster, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Sissy Tennis, Palliative Care Social Worker, Self Regional Healthcare
Cindy Thorpe, Palliative Care Chaplain, Self Regional Healthcare
Where is Palliative Care provided?
HospiceCare of the Piedmont and Self Regional Healthcare have collaborated to bring Palliative Care to patients in Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina.
Who can refer?
Anyone can request a consultation for the Palliative Care service—patient’s doctor, nurse, social worker, hospital discharge planner, case manager, family member or patient. A physician’s order must be obtained prior to the consult. Please call 725-5155 to refer a patient.
What is the difference between Hospice and Palliative Care?
Palliative Care does not require a specific terminal diagnosis as Hospice does. It can be provided concurrently with therapies aimed at reducing or curing the illness.
Presently, Palliative Care services are available at Self Regional Hospital only. Hospice care can be provided at the patient’s home, Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home or the Hospice House in Greenwood.
PALLIATIVE CARE HOME HEALTH ADMISSION CRITERIA
- Be a resident of Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick or Saluda County.
- Be essentially confined to the home and only able to leave to seek medical treatment.
- Require the skilled service of a nurse or therapist.
- Have diagnosis of a serious illness which potentially will, should it run its normal course, limit the patient’s life to months rather than years.
- Be under the care of a physician.