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Dealing with the symptoms of any painful or serious illness is difficult. However, special care is available through Palliative Care to make you more comfortable right now. You can receive palliative care at the same time that you’re receiving treatments for your illness. Its primary purpose is to relieve the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing and improve your quality of life. Palliative Care is provided by a specially trained team who work together to proved an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and in any stage of serious illness.
Our Physician Services team offers in-home and in-facility primary care visits. We have Nurse Practitioners/Doctors that will visit you where you live and treat your illness and diseases, including lab draws and X-rays, so that you do not have to leave the comfort of your home. Our primary goal is to work with you and your family to prevent hospitalization and to ensure you receive the best primary care services.
Hospice vs. Palliative Care
Compared to hospice care, palliative care is a broader category of care for individuals. Palliative care physicians act as a bridge between primary care physicians and specialists to a team of individuals who can assist individuals with debilitating illnesses. These doctors can help patients and families to make decisions regarding the direction and options for treatments once a diagnosis has been made. The major difference between palliative care and hospice care is that for palliative care services, you do not have to have a diagnosis of a terminal illness.
|Question||Palliative Care||Hospice Care|
|Who can receive this care?||Anyone with a serious illness regardless of life expectancy can receive palliative care||Someone with an illness with a life expectancy measured in months not years|
|Can I continue to receive treatments to cure my illness?||You may receive palliative care and curative care at the same time||Treatments and medicines aimed at relieving symptoms are provided by hospice|
|Does Medicare pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered||Medicare pays all charges related to hospice|
|Does Medicaid pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered.||In most states Medicaid pays all charges related to hospice|
|Does private insurance pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered.||Most insurance plans have a hospice benefit|
|Is this a package deal?||No. There is no ‘palliative care’ package. The services are flexible and based on the patient’s needs.||Medicare and Medicaid hospice benefits are package deals|
|How long can I receive care?||This will depend upon your care needs and the coverage you have through Medicare Medicaid or private insurance||As long as you meet the hospice’s criteria of an illness with a life expectancy of months not years|
|What organization provides these services?||Hospitals Hospices Nursing Facilities Healthcare Clinics||Hospice organizations Hospice programs based out of a hospital Other healthcare organizations|
|Where are services provided?||Home Assisted living facility Nursing facility Hospital||Usually wherever the patient resides in their home assisted living facility nursing facility or hospital. Some hospices have facilities where people can live (like a hospice residence) or receive care for short-term reasons such as acute pain or symptom management.|
|Who provides these services?||It varies. However usually there is a team including doctors nurses social workers and chaplains similar to the hospice team.||A team – doctor nurse social worker chaplain volunteer home health aide and others.|