Levos Care FAQ
What is palliative care?
The goal of palliative care is to help patients with serious. by reducing symptoms and side effects of disease and treatment. Palliative care also treats emotional, social, practical, and spiritual problems that illnesses can bring up.
Palliative care can be given at the same time as treatments meant to cure or treat the disease. It can also involve goals of care discussions in which the patient, their loved ones and treating
What services are provided?
- Pain and symptom management - Medical staff will help patients manage the pain and/or symptoms of their illnesses in order to improve their quality of life.
- Coordination of care - Open communication between all members of a patient’s care team; doctors, therapists, social workers, or spiritual counselors develop a treatment plan that meets the patients’ need.
- Assistance with advance directives - Advance directives provide patient’s with a way of communicating their wishes for medical care. These documents may include a living will or a health care power of attorney.
- Emotional and spiritual care - Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness is difficult for patients and families alike. Palliative care provides support for mental and emotional stress through access to counseling and spiritual care.
Who can receive palliative care?
Anyone with a serious and chronic illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care. The most common conditions treated with palliative care are advanced cancers, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Frequent hospitalizations and/or emergency room visits may also be a sign that it is time for palliative care.
What does the word Levos mean?
The program name, Levos Palliative Solutions, was created based on the Greek work “Levos” meaning to lift, or to raise up.