PCA, the Palliative Care Alliance, is your health care partner. We’re a team of medical professionals whose goal is to provide palliative and transitional care solutions to patients with serious or long-term illnesses. Our PCA team includes:
PCA physicians are proficient in treating advanced illness and managing pain and other symptoms. As a valuable player on the PCA team, the physician:
Medicare and most other medical insurance plans pay for physician visits under Medicare part B.
The PCA nurse works with other members of the team to develop and implement the patient’s plan of care. The nurse functions as a care manager through coordination and implementation of the care plan. The nurse will also play the role of advocate for patients and families as discussions regarding direction of care will often fall to this member of the PCA team.
Palliative services are provided by or under the supervision of registered nurses following a medically approved plan of care developed by the interdisciplinary team. PCA nurses are experts in pain and symptom management and have vast experience in physical assessment and clinical evaluation. Other areas of expertise include:
Beyond routine home visits, PCA nurses will be available to help facilitate additional care should the patient require services beyond the palliative scope of care.
PCA social workers are available to provide routine home visits to address the economic, psychosocial, and emotional needs of a patient and family. As an integral member of the PCA team, the social worker’s role is to assist the patient and family in obtaining resources that address the imminent concerns facing the patient.
A wide range of other PCA social work services include:
The PCA social worker works closely with the other team members. In many instances, the social worker shares case management responsibilities with the nurse. Like the other members of the team, the social worker is a patient’s advocate as long as PCA services are being provided.
We exist to ensure continuity of care for our patients, in the comfort of their own homes, to help them avoid unnecessary hospitalizations
To learn more, please contact us at 602-269-6011. A member of the PCA team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist you.