Interim HealthCare Palliative Care
Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Non-hospice palliative care, on the other hand, is available 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.
Here’s what you can expect from palliative care. The Interim HealthCare Palliative Care team will assist you in managing 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
Palliative Care Makes All the Difference
The Hospice Palliative Care team includes physicians, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors. Together with your own doctor, they make sure you receive:
- Expert treatment of your pain and symptoms
- Close communication about your illness and treatment choices
- Coordination of your care among all of your healthcare providers
- Emotional support for you and your family
- Referral and coordination of home care and hospice services
- 24-hour support
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 is no reason you need to wait for services to begin. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress associated with them can have a big impact on your family. The palliative care team can help.
Your Insurance Will Likely Cover the Cost of Palliative Care
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services. These services are handled like other medical services, such as oncology or cardiology.
Getting Palliative Care is Easy. Just Ask For It.
You may already have been referred to a palliative care team, but if not, it's important to ask your doctor for a referral. Interim HealthCare Palliative Care teams work together with primary physicians, so individuals do not have to give up their own doctors.