What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on relief of pain and other symptoms related to serious, life-threatening illnesses or injuries. The ultimate goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for individuals and their families, so everyone can feel more comfortable and at peace.
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No. While hospice services focus on promoting comfort and the best quality of life for those with terminal illnesses (normally having a life expectancy of less than six months), palliative care:
How can palliative care help you or your loved one?
Palliative care helps individuals and their families by:
Who should consider palliative care?
Palliative care may benefit you or your family if:
When should palliative care start?
You should start palliative care as soon as possible. This type of care can happen at the same time as all other treatments for your illness and does not depend on your prognosis.
Does insurance cover palliative care?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services.
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