People with serious illnesses can feel as if they’re on a “medical train.”
One test or treatment quickly leads to the next, and soon you can feel as though the train is speeding down the tracks. You’re not sure how you got there or what comes next.
An EvergreenHealth Palliative Care consultation is like a stop at a train station. It’s a chance to get off the medical train, get comfortable, and plan the rest of the journey.
First, you and your palliative care provider will discuss your symptoms – whether it’s pain, fatigue, shortness of breath or anything else – and will work together to make sure those symptoms are being managed as well as possible.
Second, you’ll look at the “map” of your medical care together, you’ll clarify what “track” of medical treatment you’re on, and you’ll begin to plan for what lies ahead.
Sometimes, after looking at the map, people decide to change course, and other times they choose to stay on the same track, based on who they are and what’s most important to them. Your palliative care provider will help to clarify the course of your medical care by working to ensure that everyone involved in your care is reading the same map.
Palliative Care services are offered in three locations:
Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans provide a specific benefit.
The Palliative Care team will help with any questions you may have.
“It was hard to think about what was ahead for me and my family. I felt overwhelmed, and I didn’t know where to start. Palliative Care helped me find my way.”
“I had pretty bad nausea and pain with cancer treatment. Palliative care helped get my symptoms under control, so I could get my life back. Along the way, we clarified what was most important for the future.”
“We’re worried that Mom is nearing a point where she can’t make her own decisions. How do we talk to her about her wishes? We need to know what’s important to her, so that we can speak for her when she can’t.”
For more information, contact EvergreenHealth Palliative Care Services at 425.899.3224.