Are you or a loved one living with an illness like COPD, cancer, Parkinson’s, heart, or kidney disease? If you are, you might greatly benefit from palliative care – and you should demand it.
Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care that is focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in an illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
You can receive palliative care in a variety of places, including the hospital, outpatient clinic and at home. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover it.
What can you expect from palliative care? You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and much more. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.
To see if palliative care is right for you or a loved one, take the quiz. Answer the questions to determine whether palliative care is right for you or someone close to you. If you need palliative care you just have to ask for it! Tell your doctors and nurses that you would like to see the palliative care team. You can start with the Palliative Care Provider Directory on GetPalliativeCare.org. That’s where you can find palliative care in your area, quickly and easily.