• Enriching Life Through Palliative Care

    Palliative care is advanced illness management and can benefit patients with chronic, serious, or life-threatening illnesses who are symptomatic, as well as patients who are high risk to be re-hospitalized. Approximately six million people in the United States could benefit from palliative care (Source: Center for Advanced Palliative Care). Illnesses most commonly treated are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, renal disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

    Palliative care focuses on managing symptoms associated with serious illness such as pain, edema, anxiety, shortness of breath, or psychosocial distress. It also provides assistance with advanced care planning and goals of care discussion. 

    Understanding Palliative Care Podcast 

    We sat down with the Enlightened Transitions podcast presented by 
    Applegate & Dillman Elder Law to discuss palliative care and how it can add to the quality of life of your loved one living with a serious illness. Listen in!

    Palliative Care Versus Hospice Care 

    Palliative care is often a step toward hospice care, but it is not the same as hospice care. Patients on palliative care are within one to five years of needing hospice care while hospice patients are typically within the last six months of life. Often, palliative care patients are still receiving aggressive curative treatments, whereas patients on hospice care are more focused on comfort measures. 

    Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care 

    Q. Who can receive palliative care?

    A. Anyone who is severely or chronically ill can benefit from palliative care. 

    Q. Where can a patient receive palliative care?
    A. Palliative care services are provided in whatever setting the patient calls home: private home, nursing home, assisted living, etc. 

    Q. How is palliative care paid for?
    A. Palliative care is billed under Medicare Part B, or through commercial insurance, as a professional service (like a physician’s visit). Some insurance plans may require a co-pay. Your palliative care provider will disclose any required co-pays before providing services. 

    Q. Does palliative care replace my primary care physician?
    A. No. Palliative care does not replace current medical care, rather, it is a specialty consultative medical practice that addresses symptoms and care management. Paradigm Health nurse practitioners maintain regular contact with a patient’s primary physician to provide collaborative and consistent care.