Arkansas Valley Hospice connects patients and their families in the La Junta area with short-term palliative care, also known as T.A.S.C. (Treatment and Symptom Coordination). While the patient’s primary physician will still directly manage the patient’s care, palliative treatment providers help support the patient’s quality of life and overall well-being in the final stages of life. Common Treatments T.A.S.C. is not a “one size fits all” program, and the patient’s team of caregivers and medical professionals will tailor their treatment plan to fit the unique needs of the patient. Treatment will depend on the patient’s illness and condition, symptoms, and support system. All T.A.S.C. treatments are designed to improve the patient’s comfort by using techniques such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and more. Additional complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, or acupuncture may be used as recommended by the primary physician and T.A.S.C. treatment team, alongside conventional treatments to provide the patient with relief from their symptoms and prevent re-hospitalization. The palliative care team at Arkansas Valley Hospiceunderstands that emotional and mental well-being are just as important as physical well-being, so they will evaluate the patient’s overall wellness and suggest other treatments as needed. Managing Symptoms Palliative treatment does not seek to cure a patient’s condition; instead, it works to treat the condition to slow its progression or make the patient as comfortable and pain-free as possible when a cure is not attainable. Palliative care providers are often trained in pain management, and they will also work to treat nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms, as well as helping to manage the patient’s medications. To learn more about T.A.S.C. or other Arkansas Valley Hospice services for your loved one, call us at (719) 384-8827 or fill out our contact form. We will work with your primary physician to coordinate palliative treatment to help improve your loved one’s overall well-being during their final stage of life.