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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

Eligibilty Criteria

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
  • Friends
  • Clergy
     

To learn more about how the LINK palliative care program from Cedar Valley Hospice could benefit your loved one, contact Cedar Valley Hospice today.