You can receive palliative care as long as services are medically necessary. That may mean until you enter hospice care or until you feel better and no longer need palliative services.
You will need a referral from your physician (often a primary care provider) and a doctor’s order. An Amedisys care center near you can help with this process.
Many people ask “Does Medicare pay for palliative care?” Palliative care services are typically covered by Medicare and some insurance plans. To learn more about the cost of palliative care, reach out to an Amedisys care center near you.
Palliative care is person-centered, family-focused care that provides relief from the symptoms, side effects and stress of a serious illness. The primary goal is to improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life.
People facing a serious disease may receive palliative care after obtaining a physician’s referral and order. Heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, Alzheimer’s/dementia, renal disease, chronic liver disease and diabetes are some commonly treated conditions. According to the World Health Organization, pain and difficulty breathing are the two most frequent and serious symptoms that palliative care addresses.
Nurse practitioners provide an initial consultation and follow-up visits to address the patient’s pain and symptoms. The nurse practitioner works in collaboration with our social workers and medical director, as well as your healthcare providers. Learn more about the palliative team.
Palliative care is available wherever you call home. For some, this is a private residence. Others may receive palliative care in a nursing home, hospital or other facility.
Palliative care involves establishing individualized goals of care, including pain and symptom management and social support that can help you feel more comfortable and better able to enjoy life on your own terms. Learn more about our services.
A serious diagnosis can involve painful and upsetting physical symptoms as well as emotional distress. Palliative care focuses on helping you manage these challenges, so that you and your family can experience more peace of mind and better quality of life. Some of the symptoms we can help with include pain, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, fatigue and insomnia.
We abide by the core principles of palliative care as designated by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Palliative care:
Our team is trained to administer pain-relieving medications for debilitating pain from cancer and other illnesses, in coordination with your doctor. The goal is to help you feel as comfortable as possible.
During the initial consult, the nurse practitioner will be able to assess whether you need a wheelchair, hospital bed, oxygen equipment such as a ventilator, or other types of equipment.
No. Your primary care provider will continue to manage your care. The palliative team will work closely with your healthcare providers to ensure your pain and symptoms are well-managed and advocate for your needs.
Yes. You can receive palliative care if you are also receiving home health, personal care or other services in the home. Patients often receive these services at the same time, and our team can provide referrals to these types of care.
You can stay on our services as long as you need them. If you decline services, you can reconsider them at a later time. As long as palliative care remains medically necessary, you can re-initiate services at any time with a doctor’s order.
Families often wonder what it means for their loved one to be in palliative care. They worry that it could mean their loved one cannot be cured, for example. That is not necessarily the case. Palliative care provides relief from the pain, stress and symptoms of many serious illnesses, some of which are curable.
Palliative care and hospice are two different types of care. While hospice is for patients who have a life expectancy of six months or less, palliative care can start at any stage of a serious illness—when a person is diagnosed, when they are receiving treatment to cure their illness, or when they are nearing the end of their life. Learn more about the differences.
Since both palliative care and comfort care help you feel as comfortable as possible, they include many of the same services. The main distinction is that you can receive palliative care at the same time as other curative measures, whereas comfort care is typically only for when you have exhausted these treatments.
Yes. You can receive palliative care at the same time you are trying to cure your illness. With the support of palliative care, your symptoms can be better managed, allowing you to do what is most important to you.