Comanche Community Home Health & Hospice, or CCHC as many of you know them, is excited to announce the launch of their newest program, Palliative Care. CCHC has been offering Home Health and Hospice services to the families of Comanche, Erath, Brown, Hamilton, Eastland and Mills counties for over 20 years now. Through the commitment and dedication of their staff, they have experienced growth to where they are now able to launch this Palliative Care program. It is the first of its kind and the only one offered in these counties.

So what is Palliative Care? It is a medical specialty aimed at improving quality of life of patients who have serious and chronic illnesses. It focuses on the relief of pain, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness. It provides a team consisting of a doctor, nurses, aides, therapists, social workers, chaplains and dieticians who all strive to manage and relieve difficult symptoms associated with illness. Examples of symptoms managed through Palliative Care may include pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, confusion and depression.

How do you know if you qualify for Palliative Care? If you have difficulty with pain and symptom control and have frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits, or if you have advanced or chronic illness and are still seeking treatment or rehabilitation, you may qualify. You can receive Palliative Care at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure you, it is different to Hospice in that way.

To be admitted to Palliative Care you would need to qualify as ‘homebound’. Homebound means that you have a normal inability to leave the home, that leaving the home requires considerable and taxing effort and that the absences from the home are infrequent and for short periods of time. Leaving the home for medical care and religious services would NOT disqualify you for this program.

Palliative care services are billed through a patient’s Home Health benefit, such as Medicare and Medicaid, or through private insurance or private pay.

Comanche Community Health Care’s goal is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. CCHC has already begun admitting patients to their Palliative Care program. Find out today if you or a loved one qualifies by calling Comanche Community Health Care office on (325) 356-2509 or by emailing Kristi Taylor, administrator of CCHC at krtaylor@comanchecmc.com and CCHC will contact your physician or health care provider for you.