Treasure Health Services

Palliative Care

Treasure Health Palliative Care acts as a consulting service, helping patients and their loved ones understand their medical situation and the options open to them. In palliative care consultations, relieving the patient’s pain often tops the priority list. The Treasure Health Palliative Care team works with your physicians, focusing on alleviating the symptoms, pain and stress of living with a serious illness. Patients continue to receive whatever offered curative care they choose.

Guidance and comfort for anyone suffering a serious illness

Palliative care is available for anyone suffering at any stage of a serious illness. Relieving a patient’s pain often tops the priority list. The Treasure Health Palliative Care team works with a patient’s physicians to search for better options to manage pain while getting the most out of life. Patients continue to receive whatever offered curative care they choose, including dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation.

With a focus on enhancing quality of life, our Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps patients identify their goals for care, understand treatment options and make decisions that support their values and beliefs. Our expertise in palliative care can reduce a patient’s emergency room visits and hospitalizations and lessen disease symptoms such as pain, nausea, weight loss and fatigue. Treasure Health Palliative Care also eases the stress of emotional and spiritual concerns that many patients face.

The Palliative Care Team

Led by Bernice Burkarth, M.D., the Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps patients and families understand their medical situation.  Together, our team works with patients and families to choose care options that best suit a patient’s wishes.

Please contact us today at 772-807-6425 to learn more about the Treasure Health Palliative Care program.

Case Studies

Ann is 84 years old with breast cancer. She is in severe pain despite having prescriptions for pain medicine. Ann is also receiving chemotherapy treatment and is feeling very weak. She has no desire to eat. Ann needs more help from her caregiver, and both are exhausted.

A palliative care consultation will help manage Ann’s nausea, fatigue and pain while she continues her chemotherapy treatments. Emotional support for Ann and her caregiver will help reduce stress and isolation. When Ann feels more comfortable, she is better able to decide which treatment options to choose.

 

Joe is 67 years old. He has been in the hospital three times for problems breathing. His doctor has told him he has COPD. His wife is very worried about taking him home. Joe and his wife are confused about what to do next.

A palliative care consultation will help Joe and his family understand what to expect throughout his illness and help manage his symptoms to avoid future hospitalizations. Support from the Treasure Health Palliative Care team helps reduce worry, stress, or depression. We will guide you in making a plan for living life to the fullest, based on your needs, your priorities, and your goals. 

Did You Know?

Palliative care is appropriate from the time of diagnosis of a serious illness

and is not limited to the last six months of life.

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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

For more, see our spring newsletter
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Five Wishes ®

“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your “Five Wishes ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.