According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), almost half of all adults have a chronic disease or condition. These include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and even obesity. Many live with more than one of these conditions. Often, constant pain is one of the symptoms of chronic illnesses and can be debilitating to both the patient and their family.
Palliative care is a health care approach utilized for people who have chronic illness(es) that cannot be cured, but can be managed to help them achieve the highest quality of life possible. The care is often focused on alleviating pain and discomfort. For some people, this may be the result of several different chronic conditions that need to be managed with a holistic approach.
Both Patricia and Laura have advanced graduate-level certifications in Palliative Nursing from the prestigious University of Colorado College of Nursing, considered to be one of the best palliative care courses in the country. This, combined with their extensive experience in geriatric nursing and community and public health, makes them uniquely qualified to help individuals and families with complex medical/health situations.
How We Help
First, we’ll do a complete health evaluation and determine the root cause of any pain. After a full assessment, we’ll develop a plan of care and provide recommendations to palliative care professionals in the area. We can also help implement and monitor this care plan and accompany clients to medical appointments. If a medication isn’t working, we can act as a liaison between the client and medical personnel to help ensure that treatments are effective.