In-Home Palliative Care
What is in-home Palliative Care?
In-home Palliative Care services are provided to patients when ordered by an attending physician upon discharge from the hospital or by a physician – primary care or specialist – in the community. The in-home Palliative Care team includes registered nurses, home health aides, physical and occupational therapists, a social worker and a chaplain who assist patients and families facing serious illness.
This specialized team makes visits to the patient’s home and focuses on meeting a patient’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs. To accomplish this goal, the team:
- Ensures that pain and other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath or anxiety are managed
- Provides hands-on care for wound care and other medical needs
- Provides personal care, as needed, for bathing and activities of daily living
- Honors patient wishes in a culturally inclusive way
- Provides physical or occupational therapy for muscle rehabilitation and quality of life
- Plans for the future course of illness, including discussing the choices patients are likely to face
- Discusses various treatment options and the impact of choices on lifestyle
- Provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, including children
- Facilitates and reviews advance directives/living wills, healthcare proxies and end-of-life care
Jefferson Health's in-home Palliative Care team works closely with the patient’s physician to develop a plan of care that focuses on each patient and family's concerns, values, and goals.
In-home Palliative Care is intermittent care – frequent, but not daily, visits. Care can continue for several weeks to a few months depending on the patient’s medical needs, goals and desired level of care. Patients who qualify for in-home palliative care are home-bound, which means that leaving home requires a significant and taxing effort.
Heart failure patients may benefit from our PATCH Program (Palliative Approach to Chronic Heart Failure), where supportive cardiac care at home is provided by specially trained heart failure clinicians.
For more information or to make a referral for in-home Palliative Care, call 215-481-5800.