By Victor Montour
Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Community Based Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s and their doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
- Where do I receive palliative care?
Palliative care is provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinic, at home, in assisted livings and nursing homes.
- Does my insurance pay for community based palliative care?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare cover palliative care. If costs concern you ask our liaison for a copy of our how to verify your insurance coverage form.
- How do I know if community based palliative care is right for me?
Community based palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and many more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness and along with treatment meant to cure you.
- What can I expect from a community based palliative care program?
You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.
- Who provides community based palliative care?
Community based palliative care is provided by a team including palliative care doctors, nurses and other specialists.
- How does community based palliative care work with my own doctor?
The community based palliative care team works in partnership with your own doctor to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family. The team provides expert symptom management, extra time for communication about goals and treatment options, and help navigating the health system.
- How do I get community based palliative care?
Ask for it! Tell your doctors and nurses that you would like a referral to Front Range Hospice and Palliative Care for palliative services. Our liaison will contact you for a no obligation informational.