What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people who are seriously ill. Palliative care relieves suffering by improving quality of life for people of any age and at any stage in a serious illness whether the illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening. Palliative care can also help patients understand all of their treatment options.
Why Palliative Care?
The goal of palliative care is to make the patient comfortable and help achieve the best possible quality of life. Palliative care can be given while undergoing treatments that may cure or reverse the effects of an illness. Palliative care helps individuals cope with aggressive treatments by getting pain and symptoms under control to allow the patient to fight the disease.
When is it time for Palliative Care?
The decision to add palliative care services to your care team is an important one. Palliative care will be most beneficial early in the course of a serious illness. If you or you or your loved one has been told you have one or more of the following illnesses it may be time to consider Palliative Care:
- Advanced (serious) cancer of any type
- Advanced heart or lung disease
- Neurological diseases, such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
- Kidney or liver failure
What does Palliative Care Include?
- A comfort care plan
- Home visits from nurses and/or home health aides
- In-home counseling and assessment visits as needed from social workers
- Access to spiritual counselors
- Two months of Philips Lifeline Support - a device worn around the neck to alert caregivers in the event of a fall or other issues
Why choose CNS Palliative Care?
Community Nursing Services (CNS) skilled staff focus on relieving pain and other troubling symptoms by providing compassionate care to meet emotional, spiritual, and practical needs. CNS associates work with you to identify and carry out your goals; symptom relief, counseling, spiritual comfort, or whatever is needed to enhance quality of life.
Who pays for Palliative Care?
Many private insurance companies offer palliative care benefits. Medicare (Part B) offers some palliative care benefits.
If you think it might be time for you or your loved one to consider Palliative Care please call (800) 286-8442, where an associate will assist you in determining coverage options.
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