If you are dealing with a serious illness, Coastal Hospice has a special program to make you more comfortable right now. It's called palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv).
It is special care that focuses on comfort and quality of life that can be a source of strength for you and your family. Palliative care provides successful treatment of physical, emotional or spiritual pain as well as other discomforts such as nausea, shortness of breath, and anxiety.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care.
Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Non-hospice palliative care, on the other hand, is available to you at any time during your illness. Unlike hospice, you can receive palliative care at the same time as curative treatments.
Here's what you can expect from palliative care
The palliative care team can offer you:
- Comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness
- A willing, helpful listener as you sort through the challenges your diagnosis presents
Begin palliative care early
Palliative care can occur at the same time as all other treatments for your illness. It is available to you at any time during your illness, even from the time of diagnosis. Pain and other symptoms affect your quality of life, and the stress can have a big impact on your family. The palliative care team can help.
Your insurance will cover palliative care
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services.
Palliative care is readily available
Palliative care consults are available for any inpatient of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Ask your doctor or nurse for a palliative care team referral. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team at 410-543-4716.
The outpatient Oncology Palliative Care Clinic is available to any patient regardless of where they received cancer treatment. Patients are seen in the Palliative Care Clinic on Monday afternoons from 1 - 4 pm on the 2nd floor of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in the Oncology Clinic.
To schedule an appointment or if you have questions about the program, please contact the Administrative Assistant at (410) 912-2888.
For more information about palliative care, go to PalliativeDoctors.org.