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Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care

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Fort Wayne Hospice and Palliative Care

Fort Wayne Hospice and Palliative Care Through Paradigm Health

Fort Wayne hospice and palliative care provider Paradigm Health is a leader and innovator. With a mission and dedication to providing above-and-beyond care, Paradigm Health offers patients and families a community-based, holistic approach to care based on each patient’s goals of care for their individual healthcare journey. As an accredited hospice care provider, our Fort Wayne area team can provide the care and resource-based education for patients and families to maximize each day’s quality of life. Paradigm Health’s palliative care bridge programs uses a team approach to meet the physical, cultural, and psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients and families in advanced stages of chronic illness by helping to bridge the gap between curative treatment and end-of-life care.

Paradigm Health Now Serving Fort Wayne and the Surrounding Area

Compassionate Hospice and Palliative Care

Paradigm Health has been Indiana’s hospice care provider of choice for more than 10 years.
Patients and families trust Paradigm Health to put the living in compassionate end-of-life hospice care.

Compassionate End-of-Life Care

Fort Wayne hospice care provider Paradigm Health is a leader and innovator. Hospice care through Paradigm Health offers patients and families a holistic approach to care focusing on alleviating symptoms, pain and stress and providing education and life enrichment programs. With a dedication to providing above-and-beyond hospice care in the Fort Wayne area, Paradigm Health and our community-based hospice care team collaborate with an individual’s physician to establish a unique plan of care intentional on enriching daily life no matter where patients call home.

Paradigm Health knows that each hospice journey is unique to a patient’s wishes and goals of care. As an accredited hospice care provider, our team can provide the care and resource-based education for patients and families to maximize each day’s quality of life.

An Extra Layer of Support

Paradigm Health’s palliative care program is paving the way as an integral and supportive partner in for patients and families Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. As an industry leader and innovator, Paradigm Health was the first in the nation to receive accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for our community-based approach to palliative care.

Palliative care is a specialty of medicine focused on pain, symptom and stress management of a serious illness through chronic disease management. This focus of care does not replace a family care physician, but is an extra level of support to increase quality of life and allows patients to remain at home—or wherever they call home—alleviating multiple trips back and forth to the hospital. Anyone who is severely or chronically ill in search of pain and symptom management can benefit from palliative care.

Focused on Your Goals of Care

Making your hospice or palliative care choice can feel overwhelming, but it is about finding a provider in the Fort Wayne area that aligns with your goals of care and enriches each day. Paradigm Health is a leader and innovator in hospice care offering patients and families a holistic approach to care focusing on alleviating symptoms, pain and stress and providing education and life enrichment programs. As an industry leader and innovator, Paradigm Health was the first in the nation to receive accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for our community-based approach to palliative care.

Hospice vs Palliative Care

Knowing the difference between hospice and palliative care can be confusing. For Paradigm Health patients can rest assured that their palliative care can transition to hospice care seamlessly should it be needed in their continuum of care. Palliative care is often a step toward hospice care, but it is not the same as hospice care. Patients on palliative care are within one to five years of needing hospice care while hospice patients are typically seeking end-of-life care within the last six months of life.

Finding the Right Caregiving Partner in Allen County

Paradigm Health is committed to providing above and beyond support to Fort Wayne hospice and palliative care patients and their families. We are proud to be Hoosiers caring for Hoosiers working with local families to maximize quality of life through compassionate caregiving in a personal setting no matter where our patients call home. Our mission is to raise the bar of the hospice and palliative experience one family, one team member, one community at a time.

Frequently Asked Hospice and Palliative Care Questions
When should I ask about hospice care?

Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed. By having these discussions in advance, patients and their families are not forced into uncomfortable situations.

Does hospice care mean giving up all medical treatment?

With hospice care, the patient and family are at the center of the care planning process. Hospice care provides high quality pain management and symptom control. At Paradigm Health, our mission is to provide hospice care that enriches the quality of life every day.

Will I be able to keep my current doctor?

Your doctor becomes a part of our Paradigm Health hospice caregiving team. We will communicate and work with them on a consistent basis to determine a plan of care unique to your individual hospice care goals.

Who pays for hospice care?

Hospice care is covered 100 percent by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, with no out-of-pocket costs to the patient.

Who can receive palliative care?

Anyone who is severely or chronically ill can benefit from palliative care. With palliative care, you can expect relief from symptoms such as pain shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.

Does palliative care replace my primary care physician?

No. Palliative care does not replace current medical care, rather, it is a specialty consultative medical practice that addresses symptoms and care management. Paradigm Health nurse practitioners maintain regular contact with the patient’s primary physician to provide collaborative and consistent care.

How do I know if palliative care is right for me?

Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with treatment meant to cure you. 

How is palliative care paid for?

Palliative care is billed under Medicare Part B, or through commercial insurance, as a professional service (like a physician’s visit). Some insurance plans may require a co- pay. Your palliative care provider will disclose any required co-pays before providing services.

Meet Our Fort Wayne Hospice and Palliative Care Patient Navigators

Katie Bess Paradigm Health
Katie Bess
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Kim Goble Paradigm Health
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