Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a chronic disease. It provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a chronic disease—whatever the diagnosis—in your home. Palliative care does not replace treatment of an illness; rather the goal is to ease and prevent suffering and improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. This is accomplished by early identification, assessment and treatment of pain, symptoms and problems. Palliative care is available for anyone at any stage of a serious illness.
Red River Valley Palliative Care is a community-based, consultative service that provides in-home nursing care visits and specialized medical care for people living with a chronic disease. Our palliative care team is there to offer support to the patient and family in their home. We focus on what helps patients live their best possible day by assisting with symptom management, medication management, evaluating their safety in the home and offering support to their family. Engaging our palliative care team means fewer trips to the clinic to manage your chronic illness and more time to focus on living your best life.
Red River Valley Palliative Care gives you a chance to live your life more comfortably and helps with:
- Advance care planning, to help you communicate and document your wishes
- Medication education/management to help you clarify medications and understand treatments
- Symptom management with the patient’s primary care provider, to address:
- Shortness of breath
- Navigation through progression of illness
- Home safety
- Support and education for patient and family
- Transition to hospice care, when appropriate
Starting palliative care is as easy as asking for it. Tell your health care provider you’d like to add the specialists from Red River Valley Palliative Care to your medical team. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation or call (800) 237-4629.