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Personalized Nursing Care in Meadville, PA

Don't let your symptoms or the side effects from your treatment prevent you from living your life to its fullest. Palliative Care Solutions, PLLC can help you manage your illness and improve your quality of life with personalized nursing care in Meadville, PA. We can help you have fewer and shorter hospital stays, fewer emergency room visits, and fewer doctor visits. You'll have better knowledge of your symptoms, which will help you address your issues more effectively. When it comes to your chronic illness care, you'll know what to expect, what's normal, and what's out of the ordinary. You'll still have full access to whatever medical care you want, but you'll be much more informed about all of your options.


Designing Effective Palliative Care Programs

Palliative care is an approach to specialized medical and nursing care, and Palliative Care Solutions, PLLC has the tools, education, and training needed to develop a self-sustaining palliative care programs. We work with hospital outpatient departments, general communities, pediatric services, in-home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. Contact us in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to learn more about our effective palliative care programs.

What We Offer

Any time is an appropriate time to have palliative care, even if we're just checking in when a patient needs extra symptom management, emotional support, and spiritual support. In order to develop effective care programs, we identify the patient's needs, understand the services and what they entail, and recognize that there is a need for an interdisciplinary team. Our service involves more than a visiting nurse; proper palliative care involves social services, home health aides, pastoral care, and a medical director. Palliative care can last for many years, if needed. 


Can the Triple Aim be Achieved without Palliative Care?

A sizeable amount of the health care expenditures spent in the United States do not lead to an enhanced quality of life. Not all of the health care that we provide leads to an improved quality of life. Why do patients voice dissatisfaction with their care? Why is our healthcare the most costly in the world? Palliative Care, by its nature, addresses these issues and more. It is the single most powerful service with the ability to improve each area in the Triple Aim.

In order to enhance the continuity of care across years and health care encounters, palliation’s value is increasingly recognized as part of a patient’s health care plan. I can assist you in developing a self-sustaining palliative care program in any setting: hospital, general community, skilled nursing facility, in conjunction with home health agencies, and pediatric services. Patient satisfaction surveys overwhelmingly appreciate this support. Regulatory boards and insurance reimbursement are mandating this service. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you develop a palliative care program in order to achieve the Triple Aim in your facility.

The need clearly exists. It’s a fact that health care in the last year of a person’s life is often challenging on many levels and expensive. Quality of life typically diminishes considerably as disease progression advances. Not surprisingly the use of costly potentially preventable hospital care often accounts for the most significant portion of overall expenditures. In addition, the disease burden and psychological impact coupled with out-of-pocket costs are often overwhelming for patients and their families.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “Spending on Medicare beneficiaries in their last year of life accounts for about 25% of total Medicare spending on beneficiaries age 65 or older. The fact that a disproportionate share of Medicare spending goes to beneficiaries at the end of life is not surprising given that many have serious illnesses or multiple chronic conditions and often use costly services, including inpatient hospitalizations, post-acute care, and hospice, in the year leading up to their death.”


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What this means financially:

One out of every four Medicare dollars, more than $125 billion, is spent on services for the 5% of beneficiaries in their last year of life. Yet even with Medicare or private insurance, patients are likely to face a big bill.

Out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare recipients during the five years before their death averaged about $39,000 for individuals, $51,000 for couples, and up to $66,000 for people with long-term illnesses like Alzheimer’s. For more than 40% of these households, the bills exceeded their financial assets.

A 2010 Dartmouth study of elderly cancer patients nearing death found that 9% had a breathing tube or other life-prolonging procedures in the last month, and at most academic medical centers, more than 40% of the patients saw 10 or more doctors in the last six months of their lives.

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  1. Advanced Illness Support is now well-recognized as a valuable adjunct for the care of individuals with serious illnesses and/or multiple comorbidities especially those facing limited life expectancies.
  2. The right care at the right time in the right place and at the right cost is the mantra for healthcare evolution. Repeated ED visits and hospital admissions in the last year of a person’s life are unacceptable in terms of symptom management.
  3. Palliative care offered exclusively in the hospital or clinical office setting is limited in the context of assuring a continuum of care.
    Palliative care leads to quality of life improvement and cost savings.

  

If an individual has pallaitive care needs, they should contact their local hospice or palliative care office for support.