At EveryStep, we believe people should be able to live each day to the fullest, even while facing serious illness. EveryStep Palliative Care can help you make the most of every day. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious or chronic illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care does not replace your ongoing health care or your current medical providers. And, you do not have to stop pursuing other types of care or treatments. Rather, palliative care adds an extra layer of care and support to help you find relief from symptoms like physical pain, symptoms or emotional suffering.
Is Palliative Care right for you?
EveryStep’s Palliative Care program is available to individuals ages 16 and older who have two or more chronic, complex or serious diseases and currently receives their primary medical care in Union County, Madison County or is currently an inpatient at Greater Regional Health in Creston. A few examples of serious, chronic, or complex health conditions are:
- Lung disease/COPD.
- Heart, endocrine, liver or kidney disease.
- Neurological conditions, such as advanced ALS, Parkinson’s, or dementia.
Ask your doctor about EveryStep Palliative Care if you experience any of the following with your health condition:
- Uncontrolled pain.
- Debilitating grief.
- Psycho-social or spiritual losses.
- Frequent visits to the hospital.
- Shortness of breath.
- Weight loss.
How can Palliative Care help you?
Our services are open to qualifying individuals who currently receive their primary medical care in Union County, Madison County or is currently an inpatient at Greater Regional Health in Creston. Area physicians, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners can refer their patients to EveryStep Palliative Care. If you are interested in EveryStep Palliative Care, please talk to your provider and ask about our services. You may also call EveryStep at 515-333-5800 for information. We start by listening and finding out what’s most important to you. Our palliative care physician will develop a care plan tailored to your needs and goals. Through our services, you can:
- Better understand your medical treatments and how they fit together.
- Get relief from uncontrolled pain or symptoms.
- Address medication interactions that may be causing uncomfortable symptoms.
- Find expert counseling for emotional or spiritual distress.
- Receive comfort and support during the grieving process.
If palliative care isn’t right for your needs, EveryStep also offers other services that may help you, right now.
Where and how is Palliative Care provided?
Our EveryStep Palliative Care physician is available for consultations, either by phone or in person at Greater Regional Health. Once the referral is made, our palliative care nurse will contact you and or your family to assist with your plan of care and collaborate with our physician. EveryStep’s Palliative Care services are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and some private insurance.
Inpatient Consultations: Visits are available for individuals receiving inpatient care at Greater Regional Health.
Outpatient Clinics: Greater Regional Health Visiting Physicians Clinic, 1700 W. Townline Street, Creston, IA 50801 (South entrance of hospital) on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. AND Madison County Memorial Hospital - Specialty Clinic, 300 W. Hutchings Street, Winterset, IA 50273 (South entrance of hospital) on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you have questions about EveryStep’s Palliative Care program, please call 515-333-5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team will respond within one business day. You can also view our Referral Guide here.