Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is meant to enhance a person’s current care by focusing on their quality of life, as well as that of their family. Patients in palliative care often receive medical care for their symptoms. They may also receive palliative care alongside the treatment intended to cure their illness. Frequently asked questions include:
- What are the benefits of using palliative care? Studies have shown that those enrolled in palliative care have fewer symptoms, greater emotional support, and increased patient and family satisfaction.
- Where can I receive palliative care? Palliative care can be provided in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient palliative care clinics and certain other specialized clinics, or at home.
- Who provides palliative care? A palliative care team may include specialist nurses and doctors, social workers, religious or spiritual leaders, therapists, nutritionists, and other professionals.
- Will my insurance cover palliative care? Most private insurance plans at least partially cover palliative care services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover most of these services. Veterans may also be eligible for palliative care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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