By Holly Silvestri
LAS VEGAS – July 19, 2018 – As more and more attention is drawn to palliative care in America, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation (EPWFF) continues to be a leader in supporting services for those dealing with chronic illness with a generous donation of $568,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program (EWPCP).
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing care to Southern Nevada, Nathan Adelson Hospice is an industry leader in palliative care and its principles. The EWPCP was founded in 2007, and has helped an estimated 16,000-plus individuals both at home and in facilities.
The goal of the EWPCP is to improve the quality of life for patients and their family members facing the debilitating physical, emotional, and social issues associated with an advanced illness. This program provides a unique and innovative interdisciplinary approach to care coordination across settings.
“The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation is known for both their generosity and their vision,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO, Carole Fisher. “Continuing their commitment to this crucial and still often-misunderstood program helps ensure everyone in our community has access to the dignity and care needed during the end of their journey.”
Only months after former First Lady Barbara Bush brought attention to her own situation by choosing to seek palliative care after her terminal diagnosis, palliative care and its benefits have begun to be topics among the general public.
The (EPWFF) donation will decrease unnecessary suffering and improve the quality of life for our community’s most fragile by providing:
- Expert management of pain and other symptoms
- Guidance for patients and their families in developing a personal, patient-centered plan of care based on true understanding of disease management and progression, treatment choices, and the right to advocate one’s personal interpretation of quality of life
- Coordination of care with health care providers, insurance companies and other community resources
- Emotional support and clinical guidance for patients and families
- Opportunities for families to better understand decision-making challenges and communicate their choices to their loved ones before a healthcare crisis
- Team-based planning
- Assist with transition to hospice care when the patient’s prognosis is limited and life expectancy is less than 6 months