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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

An Extra Layer of Support to Help You Live Well

Hospice Satilla has launched Satilla Palliative Care, a specialized care program to support the advanced illness needs of the residents of Southeast Georgia. This new program to help people earlier in their disease progression fulfills the hospital’s mission of being “committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

Satilla Palliative Care will support people living with serious or advanced illnesses such as Alzheimer’s/Dementia, cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure. Treatment for these conditions can be emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually burdensome.

With the launch of Satilla Palliative Care, physicians can  now add an extra layer of support for their patients, working directly with Waycross native, Emilie King, MSN, FNP-C, an advanced practice registered nurse certified in palliative care.

How can Satilla Palliative Care help?

Emilie A. King, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Satilla Palliative Care supports you at any stage of your advanced illness. Our local, personalized, quality, supportive care helps in the following ways:

  • We address your physical symptoms such as pain, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, agitation, and trouble sleeping.
  • We help you and your family understand the illness you’re facing and your treatment options.
  • We provide the tools, education, and coordination of services that help you carry on with daily life.
  • We offer spiritual guidance and arrange for counseling and support to help you and your family cope with the illness.
  • Assist you and your family with important choices such as advance care planning, a step- by-step approach to documenting your goals of care and values to ensure your best quality of life.

How do I get palliative care?

Your physician can request a consultation for palliative care. We meet with you and your family to help you make important choices about your care and will work hand-in-hand with your physician to develop the best possible treatment plan to help you live well.

Medicare and private insurance cover the cost of palliative consultations. A co-payment may apply. Services are available regardless of ability to pay.