When you are facing a serious illness you need relief from your symptoms. It is important to better understand your condition and choices for care. You need to improve your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And, you and your family need to be able to carry on with everyday life. This is what palliative care can do for you.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained health care team who work together with a patient’s doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age, at any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided along with a curative treatment.
We specialize in addressing psychosocial symptoms and stresses of a serious illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and may more.
Q: Isn’t palliative care for dying people?
A: Palliative care is designed to help people who have a chronic and debilitating illness, and have a hard time getting care through the doctor’s office for a number of reasons. Comprehensive care is just that: comprehensive. Our palliative care team discusses treatments and additional resources that you may need in your home. Not to be confused with palliative services, hospice care is for people who have been diagnosed with terminal illness. Palliation is a part of hospice care, simply because symptom management should always be a part of hospice care.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: For you? Nothing. Palliative care is billed through your insurance, and CompCare waives any co-pay you may have. We really do want you to receive the help you need.
Q: How long can I be on palliative care?
A: As long as you need us.
Q: Can I still go to the hospital if I’m sick?
A: Absolutely…but you might not have to. Imagine being able to have someone come to your home before you got so sick that you had to go to the hospital. That’s much of what we do. In case you do need to go, we will
actually send all of your information to the hospital and follow up with their staff to help you get through the hospital system a little more easily.
Q: Do I have to be homebound?
A: You don’t have to be trapped – no. If you
don’t have any trouble making it to your
doctor’s office for appointments, the good news
is you probably don’t need CompCare. We’ll
be there when you do need us!
Q: If I enroll – what happens next?
A: You will be called and very likely visited by
your case manager within two days of enrolling.
We will have a medical social worker meet with
you in your home to see how you are doing and
what we can do to meet you needs. From there,
we’ll build a plan of action with you to establish
goals, and visit schedules.