Palliative Care – an extra layer of support.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with advanced/chronic illnesses, which provides patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems—whatever the diagnosis. Our team of professionals work collaboratively to advocate and support informed decision-making. We work to identify and respect the wishes and goals of the patient and their family. Simply put, palliative care is an extra layer of support.
A patient does not have to have a terminal illness to benefit from palliative care.
- Individuals whose quality of life is compromised by their illness or treatments.
- Patients with advanced/chronic illness who have difficulty managing symptoms.
- A person living with an illness such as (but not limited to): cancer; heart, lung, liver or renal disease; neurological diseases such as stroke or ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease; multiple sclerosis; or dementia.
- An individual who has frequent re-hospitalizations or emergency department visits.
Benefits of palliative care
The goal of the palliative care is to promote dignity and quality of life for patients with serious illnesses, and for their families. To work collaboratively to advocate and support informed decision-making and ensure that patient and family wishes and goals are identified and respected.
What is a palliative care consult?
Our team provides consultation services to the patient’s physician and/or members of the healthcare team to ensure everyone is updated on the patient’s current care plan and goals. Our specialized team includes certified nurse practitioners, social workers, and chaplains.
How is palliative care covered?
Visits from the nurse practitioner are billed directly to Medicare Part B and covered by most private and government insurance plans.
How do I initiate a palliative care consult?
We can answer your questions and lead you to the services you and your loved ones need. You can request a consultation with our palliative care coordinator.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US AT 330.498.8075.