About Life Transitions
Life Transitions is a specialized program of care designed to support you as a person. If you are dealing with an illness that limits your daily activities and would like support and guidance on making life easier, Life Transitions can help.
Life Transitions clinicians work closely with you to manage and treat the physical symptoms caused by your illness. At the same time, we recognize and address any social, emotional, or spiritual needs you and your family may have.
Life Transitions also works in partnership with your doctor and is designed to complement the care you currently receive, along with any treatments your doctor has ordered. The goal of Life Transitions is to make you an important part of your decision-making team. You help determine what's needed to relieve the symptoms related to your illness, and Life Transitions offers the support you and your family need.
What are Palliative Care And palliative medicine?
The word 'palliative' means 'to comfort' or 'to soothe,' and that's the main focus of the health care providers who attend to individuals with serious illness. Palliative care at its most basic seeks to provide relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of advanced illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Life Transitions makes a distinction between palliative care and palliative medicine. Palliative care is customarily provided at the end of life. Palliative medicine, however, is akin to medical sub-specialties like cardiology and is a plan of care to enhance the lives of people who have long-term (not terminal) diseases or who are seeking curative treatments for their disease. Palliative medicine does not come with the expectation of imminent death and is expected to be an ongoing source of symptom control and pain relief. Palliative medicine – often described by industry professionals as advanced care, supportive care, or an extra layer of care – varies according to what each patient needs. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
How can life transitions improve my quality of life?
Life Transitions wants you to flourish in the face of advanced illness and has a variety of strategies to help you accomplish that goal. A Life Transitions nurse practitioner meets with you on a regular basis to oversee your health and to provide hands-on care. She also coordinates with your physicians and helps you feel more at ease in your daily living.
In addition, Life Transitions staff share helpful and valuable information about:
- breathing techniques
- nutrition and diet tips to support good health
- medications that can ease your symptoms
- at-home comfort and safety
To provide world-class, compassionate care by engaging all individuals and their families to enhance living.
Life Transitions will lead the advancement of palliative medicine by:
• Being the most valued and preferred resource to patients, families, and partners in the communities we serve.
• Embracing innovation and continual learning to deliver world-class organizational and individual performance.
Our guiding principles for the delivery of exceptional care to everyone who needs us where they live are:
Service • Teamwork • Leadership • Respect • Excellence • Commitment
Life Transitions Service Area
The Life Transitions team cares for patients throughout 10 counties in western North Carolina. This coverage means that you can count on local folks to be accessible and to know how to treat your individual diagnosis. Our palliative medicine clinics are staffed Monday through Friday at various locations in our service area. We welcome patients to see our staff by appointment.