LINK- Palliative Care
What is LINK?
LINK is the palliative care program of Cedar Valley Hospice that has been developed to provide supportive care to those individuals and families facing a life-threatening illness and are not enrolled on the Cedar Valley Hospice program.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care (pronounced PAH-LEE-UH-TIVE) means to make comfortable by treating a person's symptoms from an illness. Hospice care focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting patients with a life expectancy of months, not years, and their families. However, palliative care may be given at any time during a person's illness, from diagnosis on and can be used along with curative treatment.
The goals of LINK:
L- listen to patients and families
I- inform patients and families of resources in their community
N- navigate the current health care system
K- knowledge; educate patients and family members on health care choices and treatments
When to Consider LINK
- Recurrent hospital admission for advanced illness
- Difficult symptom management
- Changing plan of care
- Distress, anxiety or loss of hope
- Conflict among patient and family regarding course of treatment
Patients must be diagnosed with an advanced stage of a life limiting illness with a physical and/or psychosocial need.
The Benefits of Using LINK:
- Improved quality of life for patients and family
- Expert pain and symptom control of physical, emotional, spiritual or social conditions
- Enhanced communication between patient and healthcare providers
- Assistance with coping with your illness and education regarding treatment options
- Assistance with completion of advance directives
- Volunteer companionship
Making A Referral
Anyone can make a referral to LINK.
- Healthcare professionals
- Family members
To learn more about how the LINK palliative care program from Cedar Valley Hospice could benefit your loved one, contact Cedar Valley Hospice today.