LifeCare: Relief from the Pain and Symptoms of Serious Illness
When diagnosed with serious illnesses like cancer, diabetes or multiple sclerosis, people just want to feel better. But, on that path to recovery, they also need to stay strong to tolerate their medical treatments.
Virtua LifeCare provides palliative medicine—a special kind of medical care designed to help patients carry on with everyday life while managing side effects of illness and treatment. Our specialists help patients manage these symptoms and more:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
In addition, LifeCare specialists help patients manage medications, connect them with social workers and pastoral care for emotional and spiritual support, and support their well-being with holistic treatments such as massage, Reiki and reflexology.
Virtua and Samaritan: Partners in Palliative Care
Virtua partners with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice to offer palliative care for people of any age and with any diagnosis.
Our specialists help patients understand care options, support their personal goals, and keep them comfortable and in control. Research has shown that by including a palliative specialist within the care team, patients are less likely to have crisis situations, unnecessary emergency room visits, or hospital re-admissions.
Other benefits include:
- Assessment of current treatment plans with recommendations to relieve pain and manage symptoms
- Care coordination with the primary physician or specialist(s)
- Information and referrals to access community resources
- Consultations and follow-up visits with board-certified palliative medicine physicians and palliative-trained nurse practitioners
- Knowledgeable support for medical decision-making that honors the patient's wishes and goals for what matters most to him or her
How to Access LifeCare Palliative Care Services
Referrals to LifeCare can come from patients, caregivers, and health professionals. Services are provided in office visits, and at home or assisted-living residences for homebound patients. Palliative consultations and follow-up visits are covered by Medicare and most commercial insurers with applicable co-payments and deductibles for specialist visits.