If a patient has made the choice to pursue curative or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and desires pain management or symptom control at home, the Center for Palliative Care may be a suitable choice.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care treats the painful, uncomfortable, and distressing symptoms associated with your progressive or incurable illness. Palliative care is not hospice care. Through our team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers and others, you are cared for with the sole purpose of improving the quality of your life.
How may Palliative Care help me?
- Physical pain
- Spiritual unrest
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite, nausea, or constipation
- Coping issues
- Sleep issues
- Family dynamics
How is Palliative Care different from Hospice Care?
Hospice care requires a physician to certify that a patient's terminal illness carries a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. Hospice patients have chosen not to pursue curative, aggressive treatments. However, Palliative Care offers comfort care for patients who may be seeking life-prolonging therapies for their progressive or incurable illnesses, and may have a life expectancy of more than six months.
Every patient is unique. An interdisciplinary team will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a patient is appropriate for this program. Palliative Care includes pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support, if requested.
Does insurance pay for Palliative Care?
Coverage may be available under the home health benefits of Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. If these insurance options do not apply, a self-pay program is available and is administered on a sliding fee scale. No eligible person is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.
How do I begin?
Tell your doctor, nurse or healthcare provider you want Palliative Care. Admission into the Palliative Care program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.
For assistance, call our Admissions Department at 574-243-3125 – Monday -Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Any other times, call our main number, 574-243-3100, and our nurse will get you connected with our Admissions Department.