Healing is always possible even when curing is not. Let’s engage the mind, body, spirit and community, with less invasive and less costly, relationship focused BALANCED medical care, which can be incorporated at any point in an advancing illness. We take into account the culture, beliefs, and lifestyle of the patient so we can target how to trigger the necessary changes in behavior that improve health.
Integrative medicine is defined as healing medicine. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between a practitioner and patient, smartly making use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. The focus is to use the least invasive, least toxic and least costly methods to help facilitate health by integrating both allopathic and complementary and alternative therapies. CAM (Complementary and Alternative medicine) which carries an old philosophy, has shifted into the limelight. Patients are fascinated by the less aggressive modalities to pain relief given that toxicities to medication are the 6th leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. By 2010, a budget of 127 million will be allocated to research in this area by NCCAM (National Center for Complementary Medicine). Dynamic systems of healing will be explored, such as homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, energy medicine and therapeutic prayer.
Patients are the priority
Palliative care develops rapport with patients, managing symptoms, improving quality of life, and empowering patients to live fully. This is demonstrated by caring and advocating for patients when they enter the ER and not proceeding with unnecessary intrusive procedures. Palliative care strives to heal, not cure, much like integrative medicine, it fosters communication and re-organizes patient’s healthcare based on what is important to them. Our goal at Apex Palliative Pathways is to integrate what has been learned in this field into our palliative care consult. Those methodologies that have the most evidence behind them will be highlighted in future articles but entail mindfulness, herbal medicine, acupuncture, guided imagery and manual medicines. Furthermore, palliative rehabilitation needs to be touched upon as it applies to SNF related interactions.
Matching Treatment Goals with a Concierge Integrative Edge
Palliative care aims to comprehensively approach patients with advanced and progressive illnesses. The consultation involves a thorough analysis of the physical aspects of care, meaning we aim to control the debilitating symptoms that take away from a good quality of life. Furthermore, we address the psychosocial, legal, and ethical pieces of their care plan, prior to crisis.
At Apex hospice and palliative care, we incorporate integrative modalities with complementary and alternative medicine principles (CAM). In our palliative care consultation, we offer other modalities to treatment, those with an evidence basis behind them: acupuncture, guided imagery, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and medical marijuana.
A concierge palliative care company, such as APEX, brings services to your home, nursing home, or clinic and offer it to cancer, CHF, COPD, neurological illness, pulmonary, or GI patients who are experiencing high symptom burden, while creating an individualized treatment plan that may now need to be conservative in some areas and aggressive in other areas. At Apex, we use remote patient monitoring and trending, so that we may ultimately treat symptoms in a timely fashion, prevent hospitalization and ultimately save healthcare thousands of dollars.