What is Palliative Care?
Our Palliative Care program focuses on aggressive pain control and symptom management for people with serious or life-limiting illnesses.
Palliative Care may be appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. The improved comfort and quality of life, along with likely reductions in hospitalizations and healthcare costs, provide peace of mind.
Who Could Benefit From Palliative Care?
Patients may benefit from a palliative care assessment and appropriate care if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms related to a serious illness such as: pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, restlessness, confusion, or chemotherapy side effects.
Events or situations that may trigger palliative care referrals include, but are not limited to, multiple hospitalizations in the last year, symptoms and stressors associated with a serious illness, understanding the benefit vs. burden of treatment, or understanding expectations of the serious illness progression.
It is a unique health care approach in which the patient and family are the focus, not the disease.
Who pays for palliative care?
Medicaid, Medicare Part B, and many private insurers may cover the costs of palliative care for those who qualify. We obtain insurance authorization and approval for treatment or change of palliative services prior to services being provided.
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