Referrals to Red River Valley Palliative Care can be made through the patient’s primary physician, hospitalist, hospital discharge planner or care facility. To qualify for Red River Valley Palliative Care, a patient’s prognosis will be one to two years. Palliative care patients may continue to pursue aggressive treatments, such as chemotherapy, infusions and hospitalizations.
Indicators Your Patient May be Appropriate for Red River Valley Palliative Care
Your patient many be appropriate for palliative care if the patient has a serious illness and experiences one or more of the following:
- Advanced cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, dementia, neurological illness (Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS, MS), renal or liver disease
- Stroke with decreased function
- Diabetes with complications
- Has more than one chronic condition
- Unacceptable level of pain
- Uncontrolled symptoms, such as nausea, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue or shortness of breath
- Progressive decline despite aggressive treatment
- Repeat emergency room visits for the same diagnosis in 90 days
- More than one hospital admission in 30 days
- Need or desire for advance care planning
- Need or desire for education about disease process or progression
- Difficult for patient to leave home/facility to go to the clinic
Palliative care works alongside and does not replace a patient’s ongoing treatments. Referring your patient to Red River Valley Palliative Care is as easy as contacting us. After you answer a few questions about your patient, we will take it from there. Contact us online or call (800) 237-4629 for more information.