D. Saunders, Founder of the Modern-Day Hospice Movement
Palliative care focuses on patients with serious illness. The goal is to help improve quality of life by managing symptoms associated with the disease process. The focus is also on helping the patient and family cope with the stress a serious diagnosis can cause. One of the largest misconceptions is that palliative care means 'end-of-life' care. While that is a subset of palliative medicine, palliative care in its true form is based on the needs of a patient, not the prognosis.
As a palliative nurse practitioner I provide patient and family counseling surrounding the aspects of serious illness. I have been trained in the management of complex physical and emotional symptoms like- anxiety/depression associated with serious illness, sleep issues, shortness of breath, weight management, fatigue, and pain- to name a few. Additionally, as an herbalist I can offer botanical suggestions to support a patient along with traditional pharmaceuticals.
What sets me apart from other palliative providers? I feel that complementary practices can be incredibly beneficial when addressing complex symptoms. Reiki and reflexology are two of these modalities, and both are used in the traditional medical setting. I can help you navigate options available here or in other practices that may improve your daily life while living with serious illness.
Chronic, serious, and terminal illness affect each person differently. Palliative care and counseling that focuses on your goals while living with these conditions can help with symptom management and coping.
Loss, whether anticipated or unexpected, can be one of the most trying times in life. As a trained palliative provider I can support individuals and families through these difficult times.
At this time I am not taking insurance, but as with other medical services provided here am able to provide documentation and billing codes for self-submittal.
I can help manage symptoms associated with serious illness but will not be prescribing for pain management the same way a traditional pain clinic would.
Yes. Establishing a patient relationship will allow me to provide care that may include assessment, diagnosis and/or prescription of medication and/or recommendation for herbal supplements.