Palliative care is the comprehensive care and management of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients of all ages and their families with serious and/or life threatening illness. Palliative care may be complementary to curative or life-prolonging therapies that are being used to meet patient-defined goals of care. The care plan is based upon an ongoing assessment, determined by goals set with the patient and family, and with consideration of the changing benefit/burden assessment at critical decision points during the course of illness and includes: physical and psychological assessment, which addresses the current disease status, treatment options, functional status, expected prognosis, symptom burden and psychological coping.
- Team Approach: ARNP; Licensed therapists; MSW; Volunteer; RN support; Chaplain
- Services: ARNP & LICSW are billable; other services are included at no cost
- ARNP: NP will make home visits at physician request. Visits last 1-2 hours and will include:
- Assist patient in carrying out physician's plan of care
- Assist patient in medication reconciliation
- Answer questions/address concerns for patient/care givers
- Report back to all providers with written report
- Call provider with concerns/changes provider needs to know about
- NP does not replace physician
- Licensed therapists: Provide in home psycho- therapy for DSM 5 diagnosis primarily: Depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, OCD, borderline Bi polar, hoarding, agoraphobia
- MSW: Conduct Bio/psycho/social/spiritual assessments. Assist with advance directives and next step planning. Connect patient to social services. End of life planning/discussions.
- Volunteers: Companionship, errands, meal prep, light housekeeping, respite, attend MD visits
- RN Support: Intake RN will assist in evaluating appropriate program placement and communication between physicians, PC staff and patients
- Chaplains: Available for in-patients who have had recent diagnosis or set back. Available for home visit for spiritual crisis.
Who is eligible for the Virginia Mason Memorial Palliative Care Program?
Any adult with a progressive life-limiting illness who resides in Yakima County may be eligible. This includes those who currently receive other in-home services (such as respite, COPES or home health). Prospective clients and their physicians consult with the Palliative Care team to make a final determination of eligibility.
Who pays for Virginia Mason Memorial Palliative Care services?
ARNP and therapy are reimbursable by insurance. Remaining services are funded by the generous donations given by our community to the Memorial Foundation.
For information and Referrals
We welcome referrals and requests for information from prospective clients and their families, as well as physicians, nurses, social workers and other community members.