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Homeland at Home launches palliative care services

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 8/12/2022 Daniel Urie, pennlive.com

Harrisburg-based Homeland Center’s community outreach program, Homeland at Home, announced this week that it will now offer palliative care services.

Homeland will provide in-home palliative care to patients who are 18 years or older who have a serious illness. The Homeland palliative care team consists of board-certified nurse practitioners, a licensed medical social worker and a physician medical director.

Homeland officials said that palliative care is sometimes mistaken for hospice care; however, they are not the same. Hospice care is provided at the end of a person’s life while palliative care may be provided at any time during a person’s illness and is often offered to patients at the same time they are receiving potentially life-prolonging or curative treatments. Palliative care does not prevent patients from receiving other healthcare services, treatments or procedures.

Homeland officials said that palliative care helps patients and their families have a better quality of life by providing comfort and relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

“Palliative care may be appropriate if a patient suffers from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness,” Dr. David Wenner, a medical director for Homeland’s palliative care program,” said in a news release. “These may include cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, Parkinson’s, ALS, dementia, stroke, HIV/Aids or other serious illnesses. Palliative care is based on the patient’s needs, not on a specific diagnosis. It is appropriate at any stage in an illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.”

The services will be available throughout Homeland at Home’s 14 county service area in central Pennsylvania. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances cover palliative care. Patients who would like a consultation for palliative care need a referral from a medical provider.

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