Improving the Quality of Life of Patients and Families Living With Serious Illness
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a holistic, person-centered approach that improves the quality of life and relieves the suffering of patients and families living with serious illness.
Palliative care is all about what is most important to YOU as a whole person – not just your diagnosis.
What does palliative care do?
- provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms (physical, psychosocial and spiritual)
- helps to manage the stress of living with a serious illness
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible and adjust to changes in abilities
- offers a support system to help families cope
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families
- helps to make a plan for end-of-life care
Palliative Care Specialty Professional Service – Partnering with Primary Care
Our physician and nurse practitioners work to support busy primary care practitioners as an extension of their team. If you are a healthcare provider and have a patient who might benefit from palliative care please contact our team for a consultation. We will help coordinate communication between your patient, family and all other providers to support our patient’s goals.
- We support our shared, complex patients with management of refractory pain, complex depression, anxiety, grief, and existential distress.
- We assist our fellow healthcare providers in conflict resolution regarding goals or methods of treatment within families, between staff and families and among treatment teams.
Palliative Care Team
Our team works with you and your family around your Goals of Care, Advanced Care Planning and Symptom Management.
We are experts in providing tender care. Your team might include our physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational, speech and physical therapists, social workers, chaplains, dietitians, and home health aides.
To learn more, please call us today at (781) 659-2342 and ask for our intake team.
John Stevenson, M.D.
Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director
Nicole DePace, NP, MS, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN
Director, Palliative Care Consultation Service
Sarah Driscoll, PA-C, MMSC
Palliative Care Physician Assistant
Erin Egan, NP, MSN, APRN A-GNP-BC
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Christina DeFusco, NP, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
How Do I Get Started?
Typically, your primary care physician refers you to palliative care. Please request NVNA and Hospice by name when you speak to your doctor or other healthcare provider.
Or, just give us a call and we will work with your healthcare provider to get you started at (781) 659-2342.
Typical types of patients who benefit from palliative care include those with:
- ALS, Parkinson’s or Dementia
- Kidney or Liver Disease
- Heart failure
- Uncontrolled symptoms (pain, insomnia, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, anxiety, etc.)
- Frequent hospital visits
What other services does NVNA and Hospice offer to complement palliative care?
NVNA WORKS – the private pay affiliate of NVNA and Hospice, complements our palliative care program by customizing additional private care to meet each client’s need. This may involve one or more of our services, such as:
- Companion care
- Personal care
- Private nursing
- Private rehab therapies: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
NVNA SUPPORTS – As part of our charitable mission, NVNA and Hospice offers wellness and public health services to neighbors in our community. Our South Shore programs include caregiver support groups, disease-specific education, blood pressure clinics, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.
The Communities NVNA and Hospice serves: