• Palliative Care Takes Front and Center as a Value for Patients and Families

    August 12, 2021 | Blog
  • Recently, Paradigm Health was recognized by Indy Star as a Top Workplaces awardee. Focused on providing compassionate and community-based hospice and palliative care, Paradigm has always been invested in a people-centered culture that promotes the well-being of our staff ultimately translating to exceptional care for our patients and their families.  

    In support of Paradigm Health’s mission to provide above and beyond care for its patients and their caregivers and families, Paradigm also received the first-ever national accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for our palliative care program joining our accreditation for hospice care as well. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.  

    As an industry leader and innovator, our palliative care program is paving the way to be a supportive partner in a patient’s overall plan of care and to collaborate with all members of the medical team to manage and lead caregiving based upon a specific set of symptoms.  

    You may still be wondering what exactly is palliative care? Many believe that palliative care is hospice care. But they are not the same. Paradigm Health’s holistic and community-based team approach to palliative care goes above and beyond to make sure the patient is both comfortable and has access to many care-plan options.  

    What are the benefits of a palliative care team? A team philosophy can: 

    • Put in place a community-based approach to palliative care can allow the Paradigm Health nurse practitioner to pull everything together for the patient.  
    • Organize and facilitate resources but does not replace the primary care physician or any specialists. It can aggregate the information for the patient to create the plan of care goals. 
    • Allow our licensed clinical social workers to focus on supportive counseling to assist patients in understanding and coping with the changes in their medical status.  
    • Strengthen the lines of communication between all medical clinicians to make sure all caregiving is collaborative and shared. 

    Palliative care is a specialty of medicine focused on the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. This focus of care is an extra level of support to increase the quality of life and allow you or a loved one to remain at home alleviating multiple trips back and forth to the hospital. Anyone who is severely or chronically ill can benefit from palliative care and you can receive that care no matter where you call home.  

    The benefits of palliative care can enhance the quality of everyday life: 

    • Palliative care is offered to patients who are seriously ill to be used alongside curative and other treatments.  
    • Palliative care does not replace care by a family care physician, but rather addresses symptoms and care management. 
    • Palliative care is not dependent on a set criteria or treatment options and can provide assistance with advanced care planning and goals of care discussions.