Our multidisciplinary palliative care improves patient quality of life.
For patients dealing with a serious illness, the Lila H. Levin Palliative Care Program has the independence and flexibility required to help patients inside every care setting and throughout every care transition. Our team is unique in that we are a community-based program. Patients can receive palliative care services wherever they call home. With a higher visit frequency than most programs, we provide individualized, comprehensive treatment for symptoms, ongoing emotional support, and in-depth care discussions to help carry out patient-directed goals.
Our palliative care services are headquartered at 5 Sentry Parkway East, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
We provide palliative care options wherever clients call home.
Many palliative care programs are hospital-anchored or home care-based. But at Abramson, we see the value of providing service in a way that accommodates a variety of care situations, especially for patients who are not home-bound. Our palliative care program works in combination with any other medical service and treats patients wherever they call home. Led by social workers and nurse practitioners, our palliative care teams achieve a higher visit frequency than most other programs.
Palliative care has been shown to lead to better patient outcomes, including improvement of symptoms, increased quality of life and patient satisfaction, and reduced caregiver burden.
How can palliative care options help?
- Provides relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.
- Manages complex physical and emotional symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, depression, nausea, and more.
- Support in making complex medical decisions.
- Devoted time to intensive family meetings to determine care goals and psycho-social support for patients, caregivers, and families.
- A community resource for advocacy and education.
- Coordinator of care with all of the patient’s physicians.
Palliative care services can help with symptoms and side effects:
- Eating difficulties
- Shortness of breath
Palliative Care can make a positive difference for people with:
- Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney or liver failure
- Lung disease (Emphysema, COPD)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological conditions
When should you consider palliative care?
- Struggling with a decline in physical function and need assistance at home.
- Hospitalized for the same illness two or more times within six months.
- Seriously ill with chronic care needs that negatively impact everyday quality of life.
- Diagnosed with progressive cancer and currently pursuing curative treatments.
- Diagnosed with progressive dementia.
- Experiencing uncontrolled physical or emotional symptoms, including pain.
- Worried about a caregiver's exhaustion, spiritual, or psychological distress.
- Need help making health care decisions.
What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
Hospice is devoted to end-of-life care, while palliative care is ongoing. Individuals who suffer from a serious illness, chronic symptoms, or difficulty completing everyday tasks can benefit from palliative care. It can help prevent hospitalizations, and coordinates with other care providers, as needed. If you are receiving palliative care, you can still pursue active treatment from specialists on your treatment team, including your primary care physician.
- Assist at any stage of the disease
- Can occur at the same time as curative treatment
- Are covered by insurance/private payment
- Follow a diagnosis of six months or less
- Exclude curative treatment
- Are covered by insurance/Medicare/Medicaid
Palliative and hospice services both:
- Provide comfort and care for individuals with a serious illness
- Develop coordinated regimens for symptom relief
- Lessen stress on caregivers
- Can be administered within the home
- Offer physical and cognitive relief
- Aim to improve quality of life for patients and their families
Who can I talk to about palliative care options?
At the Lila H. Levin Palliative Care Program, we are available for referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 215.371.3550. Palliative care services are covered by private insurance and are available anywhere throughout the greater five-county Philadelphia region.