Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Palliative Care?
- Is palliative care different from hospice care?
- How is Palliative Care paid for?
- Who should ask for Palliative Care?
- How do we get Palliative Care?
Q.What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is ongoing treatment through a serious illness. While palliative care is relatively new as a medical specialty, it is not to be confused with hospice care.
Q.Is palliative care different from hospice care?
While similar in nature, palliative care and hospice care are different service offerings. Both levels of care focus on quality of life for the patient and caregivers, including social, emotional, and practical support. The main difference is the type of care and treatment goals. MORE INFORMATION
Q.How is Palliative Care paid for?
Palliative Care is covered by insurance, just like any other visit to a physician specialist. Except, in our case, we can surround the patient with a team of people to support this part of their life. There’s a doctor and nurse practitioners, as well as team members to provide emotional and spiritual support.
Q.Who should ask for Palliative Care?
Anyone dealing with a chronic condition such as, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, AIDS, and stroke could be a candidate for palliative care.
Q.How do we get Palliative Care?
Your physician can request a consultation by Palliative Care Services while you are in the hospital, in a long-term care facility or you can get a physician referral to become a patient in our Palliative Care Services clinic.