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Navigating Care Options for Those with Serious Illness

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When you or a loved one is diagnosed with serious illness, deciding what to do next is never easy.  You have so many questions, and yet, you’re not sure what you need to know. You may feel powerless, overwhelmed, sad or angry — or all of those at once.

Begin by asking yourself or your loved one, “What’s most important?”

Questions like these can help start a conversation, and determine a future roadmap to true goals of care:

    • What do you value most about your life?
    • How long do you want to stay in the hospital?
    • How much pain is too much?
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Make sure your care team understands these goals

If your healthcare provider does not initiate a conversation about your treatment options immediately after your diagnosis, consider initiating the conversation yourself. If your provider does not discuss supportive care options like palliative care or hospice care, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you think it may be something you’re interested in. Many care options are available and, often times, your doctor might not fully understand your healthcare goals.

How JourneyCare Helps You and Your Family

After a diagnosis, JourneyCare can help you and your loved ones make informed decisions about the type of care you should receive, and help with life’s ups and downs. Our mission is to provide expert pain and symptom management and supportive care to anyone faced with serious illness — wherever you call home.

Our care team of nurses, aides, physicians, chaplains, social workers and other experts can help provide an understanding of what to expect and plan for in the future. We also provide support for caregivers and family members. Click here or call 1-844-6-JOURNEY to speak with a JourneyCare team member.

JourneyCare’s specially trained team can help you and your loved ones with:

  • Learning more about your illness and what to expect
  • Managing pain and symptoms to improve your quality of life
  • Discussing goals of care
  • Assistance talking with family about difficult decisions
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Accessing community resources
  • Education and instruction about caring for a loved one with serious illness