Palliative Medical Calls

Palliative Medical Calls (PMC) serves patients in the comfort and safety of their own homes.  These patients have limited mobility, or simply need the additional support that allows them to continue chemotherapy, radiation or dialysis.

Oftentimes, side effects of medical treatments can cause a variety of physical, as well as psychological symptoms.  Palliative care focuses on preventing or easing pain, stress and suffering to offer the best quality of life possible to both the patient and family.  Palliative care is beneficial at any stage of illness because it complements treatments, which are meant to cure the patient.

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Patients receive highly personalized medical care from a team comprised of Board Certified Palliative Care Physicians, as well as state-licensed nurse practitioners who are experienced in palliative care. PMC seeks to become an extension of the patient’s primary care doctor or treating specialist in order to quickly meet the patient’s comfort needs and help improve quality of life.  PMC works in conjunction with other physicians to add an additional layer of support for both the patient and family.

PMC has a unique niche in the evolving trend to shift medical care from hospitals to the community.  The objectives are to improve patient’s quality of life and treatment compliance, while reducing hospital readmissions and ER visits.  These objectives are congruent with those of the overburdened Medicare System.  PMC also decreases the time and frustration consumers experience because of mobility issues.  Most importantly, PMC offers comfort and confidence that result from individualized care that is tailored to the patient’s goals.

PMC Provides:

  • Home follow-up for Acute Care Hospital (ACH) discharges
  • Anticipatory visits to avoid ACH readmission
  • Thorough goal setting with patient input for plan of care
  • Chronic disease management to avoid ACH admissions in CHF and ESRD
  • Clarity of realistic patient expectations
  • Prompt and professional service

Benefits:

  • Reduce hospital ”bounce backs”
  • Improve treatment compliance of chemo and radiation patients
  • Enhanced efficiency of treating physician and/or specialist
  • Improve treatment compliance of dialysis patients
  • Clear expectations for patients
  • Comfortable and confident patients
  • Enhanced communication among all care providers