Your Health: Palliative Care Coming to Jefferson CountyPosted: Updated:
People with serious illnesses, like cancer, can soon get a different type of medical care that's never been available in Jefferson County.
It's called palliative care.
If that word is unfamiliar, it basically means specialized care for people with serious illnesses.
"The diseases that we are anticipating helping the most with are cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and some renal diseases, but there may be some neurological diseases as well," says Hospice of Jefferson County C.E.O. Diana Woodhouse.
Hospice of Jefferson County is sponsoring the new program, which will be housed in the Rouse Building on Washington Street in Watertown.
"This will assist providers into helping manage symptoms and monitoring symptom management for their patients. This will be a service that will require a referral from a provider," Woodhouse says.
While the program is sponsored by Hospice of Jefferson County, Woodhouse wants people to know it's not an extension of Hospice and some patients may end up never needing hospice care. But that service will be there for patients if treatment isn't working.
The new palliative care program is expected to open by the end of February.