What to expect from Mercy Health — Lorain Palliative Care
We help prevent and relieve suffering for people who have a life-limiting illness. Mercy Health — Palliative Care helps assess, identify and treat pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual issues for a better quality of life — for patients and their families. It’s all part of the program offered by our Mercy Health special care team for people who have a chronic, life-limiting or life-threatening illness. Some of the symptoms we can help ease include:
- labored breathing (dyspnea)
- emotional and spiritual distress
While our team focuses on your comfort, it does not replace your doctor’s care or treatments. We collaborate with the rest of your healthcare team.
Is Palliative Care Right for You?
You may want to consider Mercy Health — Lorain Palliative Care if you:
- suffer from pain or other symptoms of a serious illness
- experience physical or emotional pain that is distressing
- need help understanding your situation or coordinating your care
Get Expert, Compassionate Care
There’s a lot of emotion that goes with having and treating a serious illness. Not just for you, but for your family, too. Along with the stress of coping with this serious illness, there are usually strict schedules to keep, medical and technical things to understand, and difficult choices to be made. You need spiritual strength and a calm mind, so each day can be lived as well as possible.
That’s why your team is made up of a special set of people who care for you — mind, body and spirit. They’re experts at communicating with you, your family, the pharmacy and your primary medical team. Specifically, their job is to:
- help relieve pain and other distressing symptoms
- communicate clearly and openly
- help you navigate the healthcare system
- offer guidance with difficult, complex treatment choices
- give you detailed information and practical help
- support you and your family emotionally and spiritually
- enhance the quality of your life, which can have a positive influence on the course of your illness
When Should Care Begin?
In general, it’s time to think about managing your symptoms when you are diagnosed with a life-limiting, chronic or exhausting illness. All you need is an order from your doctor to begin receiving palliative care. Please call us at 440-222-4003 if you or a family member have questions or concerns.
Insurance Information for Mercy Health — Lorain Palliative Care
Insurance plans, HMOs, Medicare and Medicaid pay for palliative care. Check with your specific insurance carrier about any copays and/or deductibles that may apply. Please call 440-222-4003 if you have specific questions.
Schedule a consultation or learn more, call Mercy Health —Palliative Care at 440-222-4003.