Prolonged serious health conditions or life-limiting illnesses present unique challenges to both patients and their families. Effective palliative care can help you through a difficult treatment, assist you in navigating your choices for care and help you carry on with your daily life. Recent studies also suggest that Palliative Care may prolong life expectancy.
Disease Management and Family-Centered Support
The Palliative Care Program at Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills strives to provide the highest level of comfort and support. We treat every patient on a case-by-case basis – offering direction and aid with:
- Symptom management
- Spiritual comfort
- Nutritional guidance
- Alternative therapies
- Case management
- Family support
- Social support
- Advanced directives
- Psychological support
Garnet Health Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program supports patients of all ages, and enlists a team of experts who are ready to help and support you with the resources you need to reach personal goals.
The program is under the leadership of Dr. Emma Fattakhov and supported by of our Palliative Care Patient Navigator. Our program works in partnership with all hospital resources as well as with hospice organizations to help you address challenges associated with life-limiting illnesses or end of life diagnosis.
PATIENT & FAMILY-CENTERED SUPPORT
The goal of Palliative Care is to give you more control over your care by better understanding your choices for treatment, to relieve suffering, and to provide the best possible quality of life for both the patient and their family.
At Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, we’re dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our patients. To us, success goes beyond clinical. It means supporting our patients holistically, being there for them spiritually and religiously, and offering specialized individuals to give special attention to our patients that needs us the most – with our case management, patient advocacy, and patient navigator programs.
We also work with family members to help them adjust to any potential lifestyle changes. Whether that means guiding a loved one through difficult medical decisions, helping them support patients and each other or simply providing education on what to expect, we’re here to offer our guidance and answer any questions.
The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust – for example, a family member or close friend — to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Our support groups provide a place to connect with others who truly understand. The group is open to the caregivers, family and friends of patient’s with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Bereavement Support Group
This is a non-denominational support group for anyone who has lost a loved one. Registration is not necessary and there is no charge for attending. For more information, please call Deacon Trapani at 845-333-1014.
We’re committed to offering the best available cancer survivorship services. This is why we have implemented our comprehensive Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Caregivers Support Group
Our Caregivers Support Group, otherwise known as “PARTNERS IN CARING” – provides peer support and education to caregivers of the chronically ill and disabled.
We believe in a holistic approach to improving our patients well-being. We provide a variety of complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, reiki, and much more.
Our Pastoral Care Program caters to all faiths. We offer locations for prayer, thought and reflection. Our Chapel is located near the Lobby on the first floor.
Patient Navigation is a one-on-one support service that provides expert guidance through your palliative care treatment. Patient Navigation services ensure your needs are met in a timely manner, your questions are answered and fears and anxiety are addressed with compassion.
Patient Experience Program
The Patient Experience Program is here to listen to concerns, explore and implement solutions to help patients resolve issues that may emerge during their hospital stay.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PALLIATIVE CARE?
Patients of all ages who have been admitted to Garnet Health Medical Center and who have a chronic illness or an end of life diagnosis.
WHERE DO I RECEIVE PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES?
Garnet Health Medical Center’s palliative care service is available for all patients who are admitted to the hospital. Through the service, we help you obtain the resources you need to manage your illness once you return to the comfort of your home.
HOW DO I START RECEIVING PALLIATIVE CARE?
Ask for a consultation! Start by talking to your doctor or nurse. Tell your family, friends and caregivers that you want palliative care. It is best introduced early in your care, and is provided at the same time as curative treatment. Ask your medical provider for a referral.
PALLIATIVE VS. HOSPICE CARE
Hospice care is designed strictly for patients with terminal conditions with a life expectancy of less than 6 months. Palliative care supports you and your family in managing your illness even while you are receiving curative and pain management therapy. Discuss the benefits of palliative care based on your specific condition with your doctor.
IS MY PAIN MANAGED WITH PALLIATIVE CARE?
Yes. Palliative care is a comprehensive service that helps to provide pain management while meeting your emotional, mental and physical needs.
WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COST?
Most insurance companies do cover the cost. We suggest that you always check with your insurance company first before obtaining palliative care services.
IS PALLIATIVE CARE AVAILABLE AFTER DISCHARGE?
Garnet Health Doctors offers palliative care services on an outpatient basis. Upon discharge, call 845-333-7575 to set up an appointment.