Palliative Care is Available Closer to Home
When you or someone you love is facing a serious illness, it’s a challenge. There can be many stresses – for both the family and the patient.
Genesis provides Palliative Care to offer comfort for patients and their families dealing with serious illnesses. Palliative means comfort in Latin, and that’s exactly the goal of Palliative Care – provide comfort for patients at any age or stage of an illness. The specialized medicine helps patients deal with the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness.
The illnesses can include:
- Advanced lung diseases (such as COPD or emphysema)
- Advanced heart disease (such as heart failure)
- Advanced liver or kidney disease
- Stroke or neurological disease
Tests & Treatments
You can get palliative care along with the treatments you’re receiving. The goal of the specialized medicine is to relieve suffering by treating the total pain that can include physical, psychological and/or spiritual.
In a serious illness, the symptoms can include pain, shortness of breath, fatigue (tiredness), nausea, difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety and decreased appetite.
You can get help with:
- complex pain
- shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- fatigue (tiredness)
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- decreased appetite
Most insurance companies cover palliative care, and the services can be provided in the hospital, at home or in assisted living facilities. Genesis Palliative Care also offers office-based services at the Genesis Perry County Medical Center in Somerset.
For more information about palliative care services at the Genesis Perry County Medical Center, call (740) 455-4925.
Meet the Team
Our team includes Erin Remster, DO; Andrew Espenlaub, DO; Kaylee Miller, MSN, APRN-CNP; Sonja Gray, APRN-CNP, ACHPN; Donna Lewis, MSN, APRN-CNS; Ashlee Larrick, RN; Melody Butts, LPN; Kristin Cavalear, MST; and Kathy Kanka, department assistant.
The goal is to offer you and your loved ones the best possible quality of life and make sure you’re getting the best possible care. It’s a team effort that includes access to care such as:
- specialized physicians
- advanced practice nurses
- registered nurses
- social workers
- massage therapists
- music therapists
Why Choose Us
You don’t want to travel long distances when you have a loved one with a serious illness. We’re here to provide care closer to home. The care can be provided in the hospital, at home or in an assisted living facility.
What’s the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?
Palliative care doesn’t mean it’s the end of life. Hospice is a type of palliative care designed for patients with a life expectancy of less than 6 months.
Palliative Care can help you and your family by:
- Managing pain and symptoms that come with some serious illnesses
- Support and guidance in making difficult medical decisions
- Navigating the health care system by working with your physicians to make sure you’re getting the best care that’s right for you
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
How Can We Help?
We welcome your questions and look forward to helping improve the quality of life for patients in our community dealing with a serious illness.
Our office is located at the Genesis Cancer Care Center, 2951 Maple Ave., and our phone number is (740) 454-5271.