By Carla Pruitt
(KUTV) Hospice care can help give you peace of mind during a difficult time. However, if you have an illness that is not terminal, there are services available for either you or a loved one. It is called Palliative Care and it is different from hospice care. “We can see any patient at any stage for any disease,” Doctor David Fedor says.
Dr. Fedor specializes in critical care and palliative care medicine at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. “A lot of times, there is spiritual suffering or emotional suffering. Or they just want someone to talk to about what they want done at any time and we provide that resource,” he says.
According to a brochure from McKay-Dee Hospital, Palliative Care is supportive care that focuses on: quality of life; relief of upsetting symptoms; family support. There is a palliative care team that includes a doctor, a nurse practitioner, and a social worker. Services are available at any time during a hospital stay and the services are available no matter what your diagnoses may be at the time.
Lenor Jensen Bate used palliative care services when her mother was fighting colon cancer. “As she began to decline, people began to talk about hospice and I was thinking, you don’t do that to my mother. She doesn’t want to die.” Lenor said she felt like she had a say in her mother’s care. “When you are feeling like there is no hope and you are just a lost person trying to care for somebody and there is nothing, there is something.”
Most insurance companies will cover palliative care services.
For more information on Palliative care, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/mckaydee/patient-care/Pages/palliative-care.aspx
You can also visit: http://www.getpalliativecare.org/
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