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Palliative Care Helps Manage Pain

PalliativeIf you’re dealing with a painful and serious illness, special care is available to help control your symptoms and stress and make you more comfortable right now. It's called palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv).

Palliative care is focused on relief of pain and other symptoms of serious illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Failure, COPD, ALS, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Diabetes, or Parkinson's disease. The goal is to improve the quality of life for you and your family. It is appropriate at any age and at any point in your illness. This means you can receive palliative care when you are having treatments that are meant to cure you.

Here’s What You Can Expect From Palliative Care 

The Interim HealthCare Palliative Care team will assist you to manage your condition and your treatments so that you can experience improved:

  • Relief from symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep
  • Strength to carry on with your daily life
  • Ability to tolerate medical treatments
  • Understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care

You Can Begin Palliative Care Early

Palliative care can occur at the same time as all other treatments for your illness. It does not depend upon your prognosis. So there’s absolutely no reason to wait. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress can have a big impact on your family. The Palliative Care team can help.

Palliative Care is Not the Same as Hospice Care

Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Non-hospice palliative care, on the other hand, is available to you at any time during your illness. Unlike Hospice, you can also receive palliative care at the same time as you’re receiving treatments to cure you.

Your Insurance Will Likely Cover the Cost of Palliative Care

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services. It is handled like other medical services, such as oncology or cardiology.

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