What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care provides symptom management and support for you and your loved ones when faced with the challenges of a serious illness.
How Does Palliative Care Differ From Hospice?
Palliative care is intended for people with complex illnesses. Unlike hospice, people receiving palliative care may have a life expectancy of greater than six months and may continue to receive chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other aggressive medical treatments.
Who is Appropriate for Palliative Care?
Patients with advanced illness and difficulty managing symptoms are candidates for palliative care. Common diagnoses are cancer, heart disease, COPD, liver failure, kidney failure, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and failure to thrive.
What are the Benefits of Palliative Care?
The goal of palliative care is to improve your quality of life by providing aggressive pain and symptom management, coupled with psychosocial support, and assistance with medical decision-making.
Expert Treatment of Symptoms:
Guidance and Support:
What is a Palliative Care Consultation?
Consultation services are provided by a certified nurse practitioner with specialty training in palliative care. The Nurse Practitioner works closely with your doctor and other health care professionals to manage your pain and other symptoms.
Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?
Visits from the nurse practitioner are billed directly to most private and government insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.
How Do I Initiate a Palliative Care Consult?
You or your loved one can request a consult with the palliative care specialist. Simply ask your doctor or nurse to make the call. For more information, please call 330-848-6225.
Date Updated: 01-APR-2013