Palliativteam Hochtaunus

Palliative care at home, on an outpatient basis or in a hospice

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Offers

Services

Our multi-professional team offers:

  • Specially trained physicians for palliative care as well as palliative care professionals
  • 24-hour on-call service
  • Regularly scheduled home visits as well as visits on short notice in case of acute problems
  • Symptom control and timely treatment of symptoms
  • Adaptation of drug therapies to meet current symptoms
  • Advice on treatment approaches as well as impact of further therapies
  • Implementation of a living will
  • Recommendation for further support possibilities i. e. nursing or hospice services
  • Organisation of aid supply
  • Coordination of medicine and treatment plans with the family doctor and nursing services

Naturopathy in Palliative Care

Naturopathy in Palliative Care

Through various naturopathy therapies, we aim to support you with complementary and alternative medicine therapies that work in parallel to your ongoing medical treatments.

Our naturopathy support starts with a detailed conversation to get to know you. Following this, we develop a suitable naturopathy therapy plan to accompany you in your current phase of life.

We are able to offer several alternative naturopathy therapy support options including:

Homeopathy, which considers not only your physical symptoms, but also your sensitivity and vitality as well. The individual homeopathic remedy prescribed for you will contain active ingredients derived from plant, animal, or mineral substances.

Phytotherapy (herbal medicine), which offers a wide range of treatment options. Effective phytotherapy medicines contain ingredients derived from plant substances.

Acupuncture (primarily auricular/ear acupuncture), which is used to relieve pain or to release psychological blockages and anxieties. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of energy and thus restores the body to its natural balance.

Our naturopathy services are complimented with additional natural healing practices.

Each treatment plan we develop is individually adapted to your specific situation and is always thoroughly discussed with you in detail.

Our goal is to be able to provide you with the best possible care.

We welcome the opportunity to support you through naturopathy.

Psycho-oncology

Psychological support and biographical exploration

Within the multi-disciplinary team, psycho-oncology services offer support to respond to questions, problems and wishes that go beyond medical and nursing interventions.

The focus is on improving the quality of life by establishing a trusting, sincere communication with patients and relatives about their needs and desires.

Psycho-oncology support focuses on personal coping strategies and individual resources when stress, such as unexpected events, conflicts with close caregivers, questions surrounding the meaning of life, concern for family members, etc. cannot be managed alone. Taking time to address a patient’s personal concerns is the most important building block to developing a close and supportive patient relationship.

For patients who want to address their own life history in the context of their life-limiting illness, the psycho-oncologist, in conjunction with Dignified Centered Therapy (WZT), can offer the creation of a life chart. This chart addresses a patient’s existential questions about the meaning of life in general, but also addresses the very personal questions a patient is thinking while providing them with the chance to look back, and also encourage them to look ahead.

This carefully guided biography work under the aspect of "honor life and honor one's life achievement", enables a patient’s life sheet to emerge. In this sheet, important aspects of one's life are recorded for the patient and for reference persons named in the document, serving as a source of empowerment for the patient.Psychological support and biographical exploration

Within the multi-disciplinary team, psycho-oncology services offer support to respond to questions, problems and wishes that go beyond medical and nursing interventions.

The focus is on improving the quality of life by establishing a trusting, sincere communication with patients and relatives about their needs and desires.

Psycho-oncology support focuses on personal coping strategies and individual resources when stress, such as unexpected events, conflicts with close caregivers, questions surrounding the meaning of life, concern for family members, etc. cannot be managed alone. Taking time to address a patient’s personal concerns is the most important building block to developing a close and supportive patient relationship.

For patients who want to address their own life history in the context of their life-limiting illness, the psycho-oncologist, in conjunction with Dignified Centered Therapy (WZT), can offer the creation of a life chart. This chart addresses a patient’s existential questions about the meaning of life in general, but also addresses the very personal questions a patient is thinking while providing them with the chance to look back, and also encourage them to look ahead.

This carefully guided biography work under the aspect of "honor life and honor one's life achievement", enables a patient’s life sheet to emerge. In this sheet, important aspects of one's life are recorded for the patient and for reference persons named in the document, serving as a source of empowerment for the patient.

Psychological Support für Children/Adolescents/Parents

Psychological Support for Family Members

Children/Adolescents/Parents

• How can we help children when someone close to them is chronically or terminally ill?

• How much should we tell them and what will their reactions be?

• Should they be included in the treatment process, or is it better to protect them from any potential anxiety and pain?

Parents are often unsure about how much information children really need to know about a parent's or grandparent's illness and how best to help children cope when a family member is seriously ill.

My services include working with your child(ren), as well as providing informative discussions with you as parents. These exchanges focus on specific issues you and/or family members are experiencing and provide guidance on how to work together to support the psychological and emotional well-being of your child(ren).

Often, young children easily pick up on worrying situations taking place around them. They experience intense feelings and emotions yet strive to adapt so as not to put an additional burden on their parents. Through play therapy, I encourage children to express their feelings. At the same time, I create space for them to foster adaptive behaviors and coping mechanisms.

In addition to painting, crafting, reading and storytelling, I work with imagination techniques. Children are given the opportunity to use and develop imaginary/fantasy scenarios to help cope with difficult situations. Examples of this are imaginary exchanges with a make-believe wizard or imaginary adventures with a pretend animal friend that help children build defense mechanisms.

Older children and adolescents require different types of support. Through joint discussions, they are encouraged to discover their own inner strengths and to develop individual coping strategies. This is important as adolescents very much want to ‘be seen’ as mature, independent individuals. Our discussions support their unique personality development despite the inhibiting and worrying illness unfolding around them.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

In addition to medical, nursing, social and psychological care, spiritual care is another key pillar in overall palliative care support.

In particular, deeply-rooted pain symptoms are treated here. This refers to pain stemming from mental anguish, when the patient’s "life backpack" is simply too heavy to carry alone.

Questions surrounding:

Destiny, homeland, self-esteem?

Which beliefs and rituals give you strength?

Which "life backpack" do you wear?

Where do I come from, why am I here?

Where do I go?

Why me?

A spiritual care giver talks to patients about these questions of meaning and shows them ways to create resources that will make it easier to process the disease.

"Spiritual Care is a scientific discipline between medicine, theology, and hospital pastoral care," according to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition.

Spiritual Care also means the cross-profession, empathic attitude with transparency and acceptance for all people, combined with a passionate presence in the here and now.

If you would like to use this support or would like to know more, please contact our team.

Brief introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist dying process by Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche, abbot of the taster Triten Norbutse in Kathmandu.

Pastoral Accompaniment

Courage to hope and believe

Our pastoral support encourages patients to ask questions about their illness and treatment and to make therapy decisions with their doctors.

We also strive to encourage patients, regardless of how encouraging their actual diagnosis and prognosis is.

Miracles don’t happen “on demand”, but patients can be encouraged to hope for them. People of faith can also be supported in praying for miracles.

Accompaniment in faith

When faced with a potentially life-threatening illness, day-to-day life events lose importance while other aspects of life, which may have not yet been considered until now, gain importance.

A changing body and limited life force also present the mind with new challenges. Spiritual accompaniment and pastoral care help guide the search of a separate or common path forward. Where words may be lacking to express thoughts and feelings, symbols can sometimes bridge the gap between speechlessness and dialogue. Dialogue seeks to find out how personal concerns can be expressed. When something unvoiced is named, there is often a change of perspective, making it possible to understand the new life context and formulate future expectations.

People who belong to religious communities are accompanied in their religious traditions. People with other philosophical orientations are encouraged to take part in an open conversation exchange to identify personal sources of power.

Art Therapy Support

Art Therapy Support

Art therapy as a means of communication and expression at the end of life

Art therapy can be used as a tool to express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to verbalize. My services specifically focus on compassionately supporting terminally ill people, their families and loved ones. Art therapy sessions assist patients and families in increasing self-awareness and self-esteem through creativity. Planning and designing a creative project is just as important as the artistic process itself. Tactile exploration of different media and materials encourages a non-verbal introspective of two and three-dimensional methods, so that even experiences that are too painful, complicated, and overwhelming for words can be expressed and developed within a supportive, trusting, and therapeutic setting.

Through guided imagery, I gently encourage participants to identify their sources of strength, which can be visualized, stabilized and anchored throughout the creative process so that individuals are able to re-connect with themselves and better understand difficult emotions and experiences.

Creative art therapy has both a stabilizing and a harmonizing effect and is often comforting and calming. Through the expressive qualities of creating art, patients and/or family members foster self-esteem, self-awareness, and emotional well-being.





Requirements

We can work with all patients once a "medical prescription" has been provided. This is sometimes issued in the hospital and is valid for seven days to cover the transition from the hospital to home. Usually, however, the prescription is issued by the family doctor or a general practitioner. They can also issue a prescription for a longer period of time.

Our work is complementary to home and specialist doctors, nursing services and volunteer hospice helpers, with whom we work closely together. We look after patients with the most severe symptoms and complex needs with a 24-hour on-call service. Our goal is to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. When a patient’s health situation stabilizes, we, as an outpatient palliative team, pause our support services.

In 2007, the government stipulated that SAPV costs should be covered by health insurance companies for all insured persons. For private patients, the health insurance company reserves a case-by-case review, but usually follows the benefits of the statutory health insurance funds.

These funds unfortunately cover only the work of two occupational groups - those of palliative care and palliative doctor. Other treatment options that ensure our holistic patient care services - such as psychological support, homeopathy, social work, art therapy, spiritual accompaniment and pastoral care - are funded by donations. If you would like to support us with a donation, you will greatly help to ensure our full variety of services and care. Thank you in advance!

We look forward supporting you with any of our palliative care services - always with one goal in mind: To ensure the best possible quality of life for all those affected!

 

Sincerely - your Hochtaunus palliative team