Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is specialized care for people with serious or life-limiting illnesses. By working with the patient’s physicians and caregivers, the Palliative Care teams focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal of Palliative Care is to improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life by providing an extra layer of support through a team of specially trained doctors, nurses and other specialists.

Palliative Care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided as the main goal of care or along with curative treatment. Palliative Care can be provided across multiple settings, such as the patient’s home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, hospital or most any other place a patient resides. Our Palliative Care teams provide symptom management, psycho-social, and spiritual support.

Palliative Care is a tremendous benefit to many patients in our communities.

When Is It Time?

While hospice patients must be diagnosed with a terminal illness with a time limited prognosis and generally forgo life-prolonging treatments, Palliative Care patients do not face such time limitations and can qualify for care if they have a chronic, acute, life-limiting or terminal illness.​

Palliative Care focuses on maintaining and improving quality of life through pain/symptom management and, psycho-social/spiritual support and helping families set realistic goals for their future care.

Palliative Care is available at any stage of your illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis from your physician. You don’t have to wait until your disease has reached an advanced stage or when you’re in the final months of life. In fact, the earlier you start Palliative Care, the more benefit and support you’ll gain.

Palliative Care Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Palliative care services are different than hospice services. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and families who have chronic or life-limiting illnesses. Hospice patients, on the other hand, must be certified with a limited life expectancy and generally forgo curative treatments, Palliative care patients can qualify for care at any stage in their illness.

Palliative care focuses on maintaining and improving quality of life through pain/symptom management, psycho-social/spiritual support and establishment of realistic expectations and goals of care.

If you have a serious illness, palliative care may be appropriate for you. Serious illnesses may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS and other illnesses.

If you have an illness or injury that cannot be cured; have made multiple trips to the emergency room in the past 6 months; experience pain or other symptoms that interfere with your daily activities or need assistance with determining your goals of care and treatment preferences, comparing hospice and palliative care services may be the appropriate option for you and your family.

Remember, palliative care is appropriate at any stage of the illness, even while pursuing treatments intended to cure you.

Your primary physician can suggest Palliative Care or you can contact us directly for information.

No. Palliative Care provides an extra layer of support and works in collaboration with your primary doctor.

Yes. Your treatment choices are up to you. Palliative Care is available at any stage of your treatment and disease process. Palliative Care is most beneficial when started early in your disease process.

Everyone involved in the patient’s care.

Patients as well as family caregivers are the focus of Palliative Care. Primary doctors benefit too, because they know they are meeting the patient’s needs by offering care and treatment that reduces the patient’s suffering and improves quality of life.

Some insurance policies cover palliative care services and Roze Room is contracted with many medical plans and medical groups to deliver palliative care to you. Contact us or check with your insurance provider to determine if you have palliative care coverage.

Simply ask your doctor or nurse about it. You can also call us directly for information. We stand ready to help.

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