Paliative Care Program

Paliative Care Program

Home Health of Kansas is dedicated to ensuring that those we serve are given the best care during their illness.  Our goal is to "make lives better".

What is Palliative Care (Careplus+)

  • Patient and family-centered care that optimizes the quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering.
  • Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitating patient autonomy, access to information and choice.

Palliative Care is NOT Hospice even though hospice is a wonderful service especially with individuals with life-limiting illnesses. see the difference below;

Palliative Care ( Careplus+)
Hospice Care
Focuses on relieving suffering and symptoms related to the life-limiting illness Focuses on comfort at the end of life
Does not have to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less Focuses on patient and family emotional, spiritual and physical suffering
Can be the bridge to hospice Alleviates suffering and symptoms related to the life-limiting illness
Can begin at the time of diagnosis Must have a prognosis of 6 months or less
Can still receive treatment for a life-limiting illness Includes Palliative Care
Must be Home Bound (medicare part A) Not Home Bound
Not Home Bound (medicare part B)  

Palliative/Careplus Team

  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Work
  • Home Health Aides
  • Spiritual advisors -Sometimes we integrate the bereavement team and spiritual advisors from Hospice to help manage family emotional and spiritual needs.

Why Palliative Care or Careplus+

  • Allows the patient to continue to receive aggressive/curative treatments
  • Allows family "time"
  • Provides support for patient and family
  • Provides education for patient and family about disease, treatment plans, and outcomes

How does Careplus+ work

  • Physician Referral for Palliative Care under Home Health (Physician Order)
  • Assessment by Admissions RN for eligibility criteria
    • Home Bound Status/Payment Source
    • Life limiting illness  i.e. Cancer, COPD, CHF, Failure to thrive
    • Seeking curative/aggressive treatment for symptoms/disease
  • Develop a plan of care
  • Assignment of Team Members
  • Interdisciplinary Team Meetings every 14 days
  • Collaboration with patients (DPOA) and Providersas needed
For more information or to start service call us anytime at 316 869 0015