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Hospice and Palliative Care

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Hospice and Palliative Care

Founded in 1989 Southwest Medical Associates hospice was originally founded to provide high-quality care to individuals with HIV/AIDS. At the time is was the only hospice facility in the Las Vegas valley serving this population. It has grown to become the second longest operating hospice in Las Vegas. Dr. Dean Tsai explains the importance function of hospice and palliative care.

What is hospice care?

Hospice care is the medical services that provides emotional support and care when it shifts from treatment, seeking a cure, to pain management and maximum comfort. It is a specialized service that provides patients and families with the hope, love and dignity at the end of life and importantly it is not a place it is a service and we serve 90% of our patients in the home setting.

As a medical director I myself go and visit patients at home to ensure their care is being given appropriately.

The difference between palliative care and hospice really focus on the Patients comfort the main difference being that hospice is focused on the quality of life and the end of life these are patients are not seeking cure as much as comfort and maximizing that quality while palliative care is earlier on and can be started at the time of diagnosis but that is an actuary of support and actuary of care to help manage during this time period as well as focusing on relief of pain, shortness of breath and anxiety.

We have an experienced team of registered nurses, social workers, pastoral spiritual counselors, therapists, home health aides and trained volunteers to help provide that physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families.

Decision to use hospice is a difficult one and really typically involves a decision between the patient, their physician and their family but when that decision is finally made we are ready to help.

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