What is palliative care?
Palliative care staff aim to assist you, your family, and significant others make the medical decisions that are the right ones for you and to manage your symptoms. Our staff helps you set health care goals and enhance your quality of life. We encourage you to start a conversation with your loved ones on your health care choices through Advance Directives – legal documents that state your health care wishes.
How does palliative care work?
It’s delivered by a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses. Methodist offers services both in the hospital (inpatient) as a supplement to your doctor’s care and in a clinic (outpatient) by appointment. Most often your current primary care provider and specialists will be contacted before a palliative care visit to ensure coordinated care that is best for you.
Who may benefit from palliative care?
Patients with the following illnesses may be candidates:
- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart disease and heart failure
- Renal failure
- Other chronic, life-limiting or life-threatening medical conditions
How does palliative care differ from hospice care?
Palliative care may be for patients who are still receiving treatment for an illness, while hospice care is for patients who are terminally ill. The two are often confused because both focus on symptom management and provide patients comfort. Palliative care can begin at the time a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness and can extend through hospice.
Is palliative care reimbursed?
Palliative care is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.