Three years ago, Kaiser Permanente Colorado member Anna Trujillo was given six months to live.
That’s when Anna met Arvin Gill, MD, a home-based palliative care physician. “I met her when she was coming out of the hospital and she was very ill,” Dr. Gill recalls. “Her lung specialist didn’t think she had much time.”
Dr. Gill recommended palliative care and explained that it can be used as an extra layer of support at any stage of a person’s illness. Kaiser Permanente uses a team approach in supportive care, so members benefit from the care of a nurse, doctor, social worker, or other care provider as needed.
“That whole team is with you throughout, they all come to me and I don’t have to go out for anything,” says Anna. “Palliative care makes me feel wanted, cared for … and I get a warm feeling in my heart.”