Thursday, February 10, 2011

January 24 Meeting: Joy Vadao, St. Francis Palliative Care

NOTES FROM JANUARY LUNCHEON: Joy Yadao, St. Francis Palliative Care

Palliative care at St. Francis differs from Hospice Care and is not just pain relief any more. It is for anyone with a serious illness who wants to make sure that whatever future the rest of their lives may hold, someone will be there to help them be comfortable and be at peace. Care can be provided at any stage of an illness and at the same time as curative treatment. A team consisting of a doctor, social worker, nurse and minister after referral from your family physician will consult with the patient and family wherever the patient is, including all health care settings.

The goals are to enhance the quality of life for the patient and family and help them understand and discuss life decisions. At present, there is no waiting list and St. Francis Healthcare System absorbs the cost. Call 547-8068 for more information.

The Kupuna Caucus has introduced the following bills to help support the cost.

SB941, HB512, Palliative Care, Requires policies of accident and health or sickness insurance to provide coverage for palliative care. Defines palliative care.