Did you know that Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care specializes in palliative care? Maybe you’re unsure what palliative care actually is. By definition, palliative care is a type of medical based care for patients who have a serious disease or illness. For example, heart failure or cancer patients benefit from palliative care. Patients who are in palliative care typically receive medical care in order to treat their symptoms, along with a long term or short term treatment plan that is initiated to cure their illness or disease.

In essence, the purpose of palliative care is to start focusing on the quality of life for both the patient and his or her family by adding to their current care program. So, who benefits from palliative care? The bottom line is that it benefits all patients who are living with a major disease or illness such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, heart failure, and or Parkinson’s disease to name a few. If you or a family member is suffering from a serious disease or illness, you may be curious as to when it’s time to begin a palliative care program?

The good news is that it can be useful at any stage of the disease or illness. However, palliative care is most productive when the patient is first diagnosed. This is due to the fact that it can go a long way in helping patients fully understand all of their options when it comes to medical treatment. Of course, this is in addition to increasing the patient’s overall quality of life. In addition, palliative care can be a tremendous help to patients who are older or elderly, and are having a high level of basic discomfort as they age.

If you, a family member, or friend is currently in need of palliative care, you may be wondering exactly who will be providing the care. It’s actually a team of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers who specialize in the field of palliative care. In addition, the patient, the patient’s family and friends, and the patient’s other doctors can offer emotional support, practical support, and medical support when needed.

It’s also important to note that palliative care patients do not forgo other treatments that can cure their disease or illness. The bottom line is that palliative care goes hand in hand with other treatments that may lead to a cure of the patient’s disease or illness.

Please contact us today for more information about our palliative care program.

Matulaitis Rehabilitation and Skilled Care is the leading non-profit skilled nursing facility in Northeast Connecticut. We are proud to receive top national rankings and the highest five-star rating from Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare. Our dedicated staff combines renowned care and exceptional nursing skills with a holistic approach. We fully realize that the restoration of your health and well-being after an illness, operation, or injury can be incredibly difficult.

Our long term care features attention to the whole person, assuring individualized care for fullness of living, spiritual welfare, and providing a sense of community with enriching programming. We invite you to learn more about our special smoke-free facility as you consider your own or a loved one’s needs.