Disease Management and Family-Centered Support
Strength, Support and Guidance
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 suggest that Palliative Care may prolong life expectancy. Orange Regional 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.
Emma Fattakhov, MD
Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW
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.
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 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.
Meeting Your Needs
The Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional 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
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible for palliative care?
A: Patients of all ages who have been admitted to Orange Regional and who have a chronic illness or an end of life diagnosis.
Q: Where do I receive palliative care services?
A: Orange Regional’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.
Q: How do I start receiving palliative care?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
A: Hospice care is designed strictly for patients with terminal conditions. 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.
Q: Is my pain managed with palliative care?
A: Yes. Palliative care is a comprehensive service that helps to provide pain management while meeting your emotional, mental and physical needs.
Q: Is the Palliative Care Program available to me after discharge?
A: While we do not offer palliative care on an outpatient basis, our service provides resources to our patients beyond discharge. Our palliative care team is always available to answer questions. Just give them a call.
Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of palliative care?
A: Most insurance companies do cover the cost. We suggest that you always check with your insurance company first before obtaining palliative care services.
We're Here To Help You Live Well
Under the leadership of Medical Director, Dr. Emma Fattakhov, and guidance of our Palliative Care Patient Navigator, Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Orange Regional’s Palliative Care 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.
We are also proud to offer the STAR Program® (Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation) to patients diagnosed with cancer. As part of our STAR Program, you will receive comprehensive, individualized cancer rehabilitation treatment, covered by most insurance plans, to improve the symptoms affecting your daily functioning and quality of life.
Orange Regional offers Complementary Therapies as a part of your recovery. Complementary Therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of an illness. Orange Regional Medical Center offers Reiki Therapy as a natural approach to healing and wellness and our Pet Therapy Program helps make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our patients.
For Consultations and More Information
For a consultation or to learn more about the Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional, please call 845-741-9578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about our Palliative Care Program and additional Oncology Services, please view our 2011 Oncology Annual Report.