The Palliative Care Bridge Program blends the skilled care of Carroll Home Care with the specialized symptom management consultations of the Carroll Hospice team, based on the patient's needs.
The program focuses on helping seriously ill patients and families deal with symptoms that occur from their disease or treatment plan. It uses an interdisciplinary team approach to case, addressing the physical, psychosocial and emotional needs of the patient and his or her caregivers.
The goal is to achieve the highest quality of life for the patient, based on his or her health care or personal goals, by providing symptom management and spiritual and emotional support.
To be eligible for the program, patients must be diagnosed with a terminal disease and meet the home care requirements. Patients may be actively involved in curative therapies.
Care is provided by the multidisciplinary Bridge team, consisting of physicians, home health and hospice nurses, social workers, therapists and spiritual support or coordination by chaplain services. The team provides treatment of pain and other physical symptoms; treatment of emotional symptoms; guidance in making medical decisions while respecting the patient's goals and beliefs; help with advanced directives/DNR; and help to transition to hospice care when appropriate.
For more information about the Palliative Care Bridge Program, call 410-871-8000.