Who Provides Palliative Care?
A team of trained healthcare professionals who have clinical expertise in disease process, treatment options,and symptom and pain management provides palliative care. The team can vary depending on the needs of the patient and family. In cooperation with your doctor, the Palliative Medicine team consists of the following:
- Physicians, Board Certified in Palliative Medicine
- Nurse Practitioner
- Social Worker
- Patient Representative
- Case Manager
- Other professionals such as pharmacists, therapists and volunteers
What Role Does My Doctor Play?
Your primary care doctor will continue to direct your care along with support provided by the Palliative Medicine team. The healthcare team works together to provide the best care for you.
What type of patient benefits from palliative care?
Any patient in the hospital who has a serious illness with an unpredictable prognosis such as advanced dementia, lung, heart, kidney disease or cancer can benefit from the many aspects of palliative care. Palliative care is best introduced early in the course of treatment, but it can help patients at all stages of an illness.
Who Pays for Palliative Care?
Medicare or insurance plans will cover palliative care in the hospital as part of your hospital stay.
How does Palliative Care Begin?
If you or a family member is in the hospital with a serious illness, we encourage you to discuss your individual care plan, and symptom and pain management issues with your doctor. You and your doctor should discuss palliative care and whether it may be appropriate for your situation. Your doctor will determine if a referral to our consultation team is appropriate. Our team will respond promptly and review your medical history and current plan of care. We will also assess you and your family’s needs and discuss our findings with you and your doctor.