Nurse practitioners play an important role in developing and delivering palliative care treatment plans, and Paradigm is fortunate to have Adeshola “Shola” Afolabi on our staff.
Meet Nurse Practitioner Shola Afolabi
Shola is a palliative care nurse practitioner with Paradigm Health: an innovator and leader in palliative care. Shola brings with him well-rounded nursing and family nurse practitioner experience. His background spans primary care practice, inpatient psychiatric consult experience, and inpatient internal medicine experience as a nocturnist at one of the most reputable hospitals in the state of Indiana. In addition to Shola’s education and experience, his greatest asset is his passion for caring and helping his clients achieve their optimum state of health.
What is Palliative Care
Palliative care is a specialty of medicine focused on reducing the symptoms, pain, and stress of chronic illness. Palliative care does not replace current clinical care. Rather, it seeks to address symptoms and provide care management.
Unlike hospice services, which are designed to support patients facing a limited life expectancy (e.g. six months or less), palliative care can be used in combination with curative treatment of a serious illness. Ideally, palliative care is provided to aid patients with life threatening illnesses from the time that they are diagnosed.
Palliative care is:
For anyone with a chronic illness
Not dependent on prognosis
Pain and symptom management
Often covered by Medicare Part B
Consultative and individualized in nature
Provided in concert with a “goals of care” discussion
The Role of Nurse Practitioners
Palliative care nurse practitioners can make home visits to patients who are too ill to go to an office visit or serve as primary care providers within the community. They use the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, provide, and evaluate care. Palliative care nurses are actively involved in determining patient prognosis and they address issues of grief of patients and families.
Shola notes, “As a nurse practitioner, I’m honored to help patients coping with serious illness to understand the full range of palliative care options available to compliment their current medical treatment. Working for Paradigm allows me to serve clients in whatever setting they call home. Helping patients live their best lives is my passion.”
Nurse practitioners like Shola are an important part of Paradigm’s team approach to providing both palliative and hospice care. If you or a loved one are facing a chronic or life-threatening illness, contact us to learn more about how we can help.