– a new philosophy of care for those with chronic illness.
Perhaps you’ve heard of palliative care. It’s a new approach in dealing with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart and lung disease. Palliative care is a comprehensive, holistic intervention that treats patients with chronic illnesses, as well as supporting their family members.
Those faced with a chronic illness must make many decisions. Sometimes answers are very complex. Sometimes the decisions can be quite difficult. You need someone you can rely on to help you make decisions that are truly in your best interest as well as that of your family. The depth and breadth of our expertise becomes invaluable in helping you make decisions that are both informed and beneficial.
Our new Mending Spirits. Healing Minds.SM palliative care program, a partnership between McLaren Hospice and McLaren Greater Lansing, will help you cope with the challenges of a life-limiting illness.
Our goal is simple. Take care of the whole person. This means reducing physical pain and suffering, reducing mental anguish, and increasing the overall quality of life. Accomplishing these objectives takes a team of medical specialists, nurses, social workers, and clergy members all working together and focusing on the needs and wishes of the patients and their families.
We can share the burden of making difficult decisions.
Everyone who will be working with you has been specially trained to understand the needs of those with chronic illnesses, to foresee the potential problems throughout all phases of the disease, and to help you plan for your future. These are the times for us to draw on each other’s strengths and work together.
We create programs that are as unique as the patients we help.
- Exploring options for care and treatment
- Managing pain and treatment of symptoms
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Assistance for family members
- Help with medical forms and processes
- Open and honest communication with all caregivers
- Initiating advanced care directives
We will all work together to make your life better.
As we put a program together for you, we will consider pain thresholds, mobility, and mental capacity throughout each phase of the disease to allow you to make the most of your life. The types of treatments we outline and the kinds of care we recommend are based on the input we receive from patients and their families. Your every moment is precious, and we want to make every moment meaningful.
Is Mending Spirits, Healing Minds.SM the right choice for you? As you consider a palliative care program you are certain to have questions, want information specific to your situation, and need assurance that this is your best option.
Let us help you at each of these crossroads. We can share the burden of making difficult decisions. You can learn more by calling 517-975-9935and speaking directly with one of our medical caregivers. Call us to find out how this unique program is dramatically improving the quality of life for those affected with advanced illness.