What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty that has recently emerged and focuses more broadly on improving life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses. These diseases may include cancer, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s, among others.

Palliative Care at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice

Our palliative care consultation team is a multidisciplinary team that works with the patient, family and the patient’s other physicians to provide medical, social, emotional, and practical support. The team consists of physicians and nurse practitioners trained in palliative care and includes others such as social workers and chaplains. We are committed to helping patients who want to transition more easily from terminal illnesses to hospice care.

The program consists of:

Visits by a nurse practitioner or physician to help them understand their choices for medical treatment. Assessment and recommendation of additional treatment options to coincide with their current treatment plan addressing symptom management such as:

  • Nausea/Vomiting

  • Constipation

  • Pain Assessment

  • Insomnia

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Fatigue

Our professional palliative care team can also help physicians,
hospital discharge planning, assisted living and nursing homes
to help the patient and family navigate through treatment options
and comfort and care issues.

Medical Social Work Visits to:
  • Help them navigate challenges with insurance companies
  • Assist with access to community resources
  • Counsel with patient and family
  • Provide emotional support
  • Assist with Advance Directives
  • Provide information regarding estate planning
Chaplain visit to:
  • Provide spiritual support
  • Counseling with patient and family to help with acceptance of life limiting illness
  • Facilitate grieving process
  • Coordinate with patient’s existing spiritual support network