Senior Wellness: Living well with serious illness

Sara Lowe, Director of Emmanuel Hospice and Porter Hills Home Care Manager Jessica Mays joined the WZZM 13 News at Noon to talk about living well with serious illness.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - As we age, we often experience more health issues and sometimes we need help coping with pain.

Sara Lowe, Director of Emmanuel Hospice and Porter Hills Home Care Manager Jessica Mays joined the WZZM 13 News at Noon to talk about living well with serious illness.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a treatment program that focuses on helping people manage complicated health conditions and chronic illness by providing relief from distressing symptoms. Palliative Care can be provided at any age of a person or any stage of an illness. It is important to mention the difference between Palliative Care and hospice- ALL hospice is palliative care but NOT all Palliative Care is hospice.

What type of symptoms can be managed with Palliative Care?

  • Pain
  • Chronic shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dehydration
  • Depression and anxiety related to chronic or complicated health condition
  • And many more!

Why Palliative Care?

The triple aim of health care is to:

  1. Improve population health
  2. Control cost
  3. Improve the overall experience of the population within health care.

Palliative Care closes that gap by engaging a person more in their care, goals and outcomes. Some studies have shown, people treated with palliative care experience less pain, depression, have lower costs and lower rates of unnecessary re-hospitalization.

What does a Palliative Care program look like?

  • Physician based
  • Outpatient clinic based
  • Hospital based
  • Community based
  • Holistic approach

For more information please visit the Porter Hills blog at www.porterhills.org.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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