Geriatrics and Extended Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Advanced Illness Care
The Advanced Illness Care Coordination Program is a comprehensive approach to advanced illness/end of life care. The program uses a case management approach by a nurse or a social worker to reduce barriers and facilitate discussions among doctors, nurses and patients to ensure support, mutual-participation, informed choices, and patient autonomy.
Palliative Care is for veterans who are nearing the end of their life due to an illness. Since a cure is not possible, the goal is to reduce the patient's pain and discomfort as much as possible. Palliative care strives to help patients stay as comfortable as possible in a home-like setting. The patient and family's personal choices are supported in many ways. For example, families are able to visit "around-the-clock" and patients and families are encouraged to join staff and volunteers in "life celebrations" to help to enrich the meaning and quality of the patient's life.
Hospice Care is a type of Palliative Care. A patient receiving
Hospice Care typically has a terminal condition with a life expectancy of less than six months. The patient does not receive treatment that would prolong his/her life.
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