If you are dealing with a painful and serious illness, special care is available to help control your symptoms and stress and make you more comfortable right now.
It's called Palliative Care.
Hospice care follows the guidelines of the Medicare hospital benefit, and is provided in the home or in a residential nursing facility. It is available to patients during the last six months of their life.
Palliative Care may begin much earlier than the last six months of life, often while a patient continues to receive treatment for a disease. Patients may receive palliative care while in the hospital or in a home care program.
Palliative Care is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain and other symptoms of serious, life-threatening illness.
The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
Palliative Care is appropriate at any point in an illness. It can be provided at the same time as curative treatment.
Here’s what you can expect from Palliative Care
• Relief from symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep
• Strength to carry on with daily life
• Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
• Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care