Central Texas Veterans Health Care System wants you to know that YOU matter to us throughout all the stages of your life and illness.
We realize that your goals of care may change as your illness changes. Everyone dies eventually. We are dedicated to honoring your wishes at the end of life. Palliative medicine is a specialty that focuses on whole person care when you have a life threatening or incurable illness. Hospice is a specialized type of palliative care intended for a person whose doctor thinks he or she only has about 6 months or less to live. Hospice care can be received in the home, a nursing home or a specialized inpatient unit. Hospice and palliative care both focus on quality of life.
Good medical care has always been about helping you live well with a chronic illness, generally for many years. However, most chronic illness eventually becomes progressive and treatments are less effective. When this happens, it is not unusual for you and your family to have complex care needs. This is when the special attention and medical expertise of palliative care can be most helpful for you and your family.
Some examples of common chronic illnesses that progress over time and may benefit from palliative care:
Palliative care places you at the center of the medical team. We take our direction from you when planning medical care. We help you and your family choose care that is consistent with your goals of care and respects your culture and spirituality. We assist in communication and help to assure that you and your family receive simple explanations for what is happening as your illness progresses. We help plan for future care needs, including helping you access outpatient hospice benefits or special inpatient hospice units available in either Waco or Temple. Our goal is to respect your treatment choices and help you and your family choose care that is best for you while facilitating communication with all your healthcare providers.
Amanda Riojas, LCSW
Debbie Newman, RN, MSN, CNL
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