Serious illness can be stressful for you and your family. Palliative Care is an innovative healthcare service that provides you with an extra layer of coverage and peace of mind for the stresses that may come with a serious illness.
A customized care plan is created with a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with the patient’s doctors to provide relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. This extra layer of support is appropriate at any age and any stage in the serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Goals of Palliative Care
- Prevent frequent hospitalizations
- Optimize quality of life for both the patient and family
- Help you better understand your condition and your care choices
- Empower you and your families in managing complex illnesses
- Provide expert symptom management
- Improve your ability to go through medical treatments
- Allow extra time for communication
- Help in navigating the healthcare system
Your Questions Answered
- Where do I receive care? Palliative Care is provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics, home, and long-term care facilities.
- Does my insurance pay for Palliative Care? Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care.
- How to I receive Palliative Care? Ask for it. Tell your doctors, nurses, family and caregivers that you want Palliative Care.
- How do I know if Palliative Care is right for me? Palliative Care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms associated with a serious illness. Serious Illness may include cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and more.
- What can I expect from Palliative Care? Palliative Care helps you carry on with your daily life. You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
- Who provides care? Palliative Care is provided by a team of Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Chaplains, and other specialists who work together with your primary doctor.
- How does Palliative Care work with my own doctor(s)? The Four Seasons Palliative Care team works in partnership with your primary doctor to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family in achieving your goals of care.
For More Information
To learn more about Four Seasons Palliative Care services, and should you like our assistance in speaking with your doctor about Palliative Care, please call us at 828.692.6178 or 866.466.9734 (toll-free).
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