If you are dealing with a serious illness, Coastal Hospice has a special program to make you more comfortable. It’s called palliative care (pronounced pal’-lee-uh-tiv), and the goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family.
Palliative care is comprehensive treatment that can relieve your discomfort, symptoms, and stress. It provides treatment of your physical, emotional, or spiritual pain as well as your other discomforts such as nausea, shortness of breath, and anxiety.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care, which is meant for people in the final months of life. Palliative care is available to you at any time during your serious illness, including while you are receiving curative treatments.
The palliative care team can also help you sort through the challenges your diagnosis presents.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover your palliative care services.
Coastal Hospice provides palliative care in a number of settings, including partnerships with Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Cancer patients are welcome at the Palliative Care Clinic of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC. The clinic is offered from 1 – 3 p.m. every Monday and every Wednesday (except the 4th Wednesday) of the month. All cancer patients are welcome, but please call ahead for an appointment at 410-912-2888.
For more information about palliative care, please call 410-742-8732.