A $15,000 grant from Eaton Corporation will help Scotland Regional Palliative Care deliver critical treatment to patients with chronic illnesses, improving their quality of life through the management of pain and other symptoms, officials said.
Scotland Regional Palliative Care was launched in January to provide care and services to patients who have progressive illnesses, but who do not qualify for hospice care.
Currently, Scotland Regional Palliative Care sees patients at Scotland Memorial Hospital and in several nursing homes in the area. The program is expected to expand soon to include care for individual patients in their homes.
Jill Moore, FNP-BC, a local provider with previous experience at Scotland Memorial Hospital in the hospitalist program, leads Scotland Regional Palliative Care.
She works closely with medical providers and staff in these locations to identify patients who may benefit from palliative care services. For patients who qualify, palliative care has been shown to significantly lower pain and discomfort, and improves outcomes for many.
“We are grateful to Eaton Corporation for their support of Scotland Regional Palliative Care,” said Moore. “There is tremendous need in Scotland County and the surrounding area for a program like this. Eaton’s generosity provides us with critical resources, and will allow us to provide palliative care to everyone who needs it.”
Palliative care treats complex pain and other symptoms, but is different from hospice care in several important ways. Palliative care is offered at any stage of illness, while hospice care is appropriate for people with terminal illnesses and a life-expectancy of six months or less. In addition, palliative care patients continue to receive therapies that are aimed at curing the condition or prolonging life. The program does not provide in-home nursing or personal care services, but can assist families in seeking resources available from the community.