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common palliative care questions

Common Palliative Care Questions

Facing an advanced illness can be overwhelming on many levels. We are here to help you. Below we’ve listed common palliative care asked questions but feel free to contact us at any time to speak with a member of our Chapters Health Palliative Care team.

Q. What is palliative care?
A. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on relieving pain and symptoms associated with advanced, chronic and life-limiting illnesses. The palliative care team addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients, and helps coordinate care and community services.
Q. What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?
A. Palliative care is NOT the same as hospice care. While both palliative care and hospice provide the relief of suffering for people with serious illnesses, palliative care patients can still have curative treatments. Hospice cares for patients who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses with a six month or less prognosis. Palliative care is available for patients regardless of life expectancy.
Q. How does palliative care help?
A. Palliative care addresses the whole person. It helps you carry on with your daily life. It can improve your ability to go through medical treatments. And it helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, it helps you focus on the best possible quality of life.
Q. Do I have to change doctors?
A. No. The palliative care team works with and supports your current physician to develop appropriate care goals.
Q. Is palliative care covered by my insurance?
A. Palliative care is covered (all or in part) by most private insurance, Medicare Part B and Medicaid.

You are not alone – we’re here to help. To learn more about Chapters Health Palliative Care or to speak to the team about a referral, please call 813.871.8200 or email info@chaptershealth.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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