Pain and symptom control: Our palliative care team will identify your sources of pain and discomfort. These may include problems with breathing, fatigue, depression, insomnia, or bowel or bladder. Then the team will provide treatments that can offer relief. These might include medication, along with massage therapy or relaxation techniques.
Communication and coordination: Our palliative care teams are extremely good communicators. We put great importance on communication between you, your family and caregivers and your personal team of healthcare professionals in order to ensure that all of your needs are fully met. Among other things, we will establish your goals of care, help with decision-making and aid in the coordination of care.
Emotional support: Palliative care focuses on the entire person, not just the illness. The team members caring for you will address any social, psychological, emotional or spiritual needs you may have.
Family/caregiver support: Caregivers bear a great deal of stress too, so our palliative care team supports them as well. This focused attention helps ease some of the strain and can help you with your decision making.
Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive, just as with other hospital and medical services. This is also true of Medicare and Medicaid. If costs concern you, a social worker from your palliative care team can help you with payment options.
The palliative care team provides an extra layer of support and works in partnership with your primary doctor. Your primary doctor will continue to direct your care and play an active role in your treatment.
Absolutely. Your treatment choices are up to you. You can get palliative care at the same time as treatment meant to cure you.
**FAQ Used with permission from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai