PALLIATIVE CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES IN INDIANA

The Center for Palliative Care is located on
the Mishawaka Campus.
Family Consultation Room at the Center for Palliative Care in Mishawaka

If a patient has made the choice to pursue aggressive or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and desires pain management or symptom control at home, the Palliative Care Program of Center for Hospice Care may be a suitable choice.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is pain management and symptom control for patients who may be currently seeking life-extending treatments. It is not an end-of-life care program, as many people think. Patients may benifit from palliative care at any stage of their illness regardless of age.

Also, a poor prognosis is not a requirement to receive palliative care. Center for Hospice Care extends this service to people who've experienced a health crises, like stroke or heart attack. Patients and families can count on our help and guidance when making complex healthcare decisions.

Our Palliative Care Program is offered through our licensed home health care program, and many aspects of palliative care are applicable early in the course of an illness. We give our patients access  to our team of nurses, home health aides, social workers, and spiritual care counselors. They receive personalized and comprehensive assistance, which includes pain and symptom management, nutrition planning, and family counseling.

The goal of palliative care is the achievement of the highest quality of life for patients. As we focus on ensuring their comfort and well-being, we also hope to bring peace of mind to their families.

How does Palliative Care differ from Hospice Care?

Our hospice and palliative care in Indiana go hand-in-hand, but there are differences patients and families should know about.

Hospice care requires a physician to certify that a patient's illness carries a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. Hospice patients have chosen not to pursue curative, aggressive treatments and instead wish to spend their remaining time with families and closest friends.

Palliative care, on the other hand, can begin without a terminal diagnosis and may be administered alongside medical treatment. It's goals are similar to hospice care, but with a greater focus on helping patients through the course of their medications.

  • Medical pain relief
  • Symptom management
  • Post-hospitalization care
  • Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support
  • Care planning

Center for Hospice Care offers comfort care for patients who may be seeking life-prolonging therapies for their progressive or incurable illnesses. Our palliative care services in Indiana are appropriate for patients with a life expectancy of more than six months. We also offer emotional and spiritual support to their families, helping them understand the nature of their loved ones's illness and how best to manage the symptoms.

We have an interdisciplinary team that will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a patient is appropriate for this program. Palliative care includes pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support, if requested.

Contact us via call or email to refer a patient to our care.

Does insurance pay for the Palliative Care?

Coverage for palliative care services in Mishawaka, Indiana may be available under the home health benefits of Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. If these insurance options do not apply, a self-pay program is available and is administered on a sliding fee scale. No one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.

Admission into Palliative Care program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.