What is Palliative Care?
You may have heard of a new medical term— Palliative Care. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the overall quality of life for both the patient and the family. Currently these programs serve more than 1 million patients and their families each year.
Is It Right For Me?
If you suffer from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness, we can help. These illnesses include, but are not limited to:
- Cardiac Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
What Can I Expect?
With our Palliative care team, you can expect an in-home visit from a nurse practitioner, RN, certified nursing assisstans (CNAs), social worker, therapy team and or spiritual services to relieve out of control symptoms such as:
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Appetite
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Can I continue to receive treatments to cure my illness?
Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care. You may receive palliative care and curative care at the same time.
- Does Medicare/Medicaid/private insurance pay?
- Is this a package deal?
Some treatments and medications may be covered, but there generally is not a ‘package’ benefit for palliative care.
- How long can I receive care?
This will depend upon your care needs, and the coverage you have through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
How Can I Get Started?
Start by talking to your primary physician or nurse, and simply ask how you can start getting palliative care services. Your care team can contact Mission Palliative Care for more information at Mission Health: 303-708-1122