Is Palliative Care Right for You?
Palliative care may be right for you if you have a serious illness, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, kidney disease, and many more. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Palliative care teams specialize in treating pain, depression, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, and more.
When Should Palliative Care Begin?
Palliative care can begin at any age and at any stage in a serious illness in conjunction with curative treatment.
Finding a Palliative Care Provider
You can use the Locate an Agency tab on this website to search for a palliative care provider in your area. These providers are members of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. Your physician may also have a list of palliative care providers.
Questions to Ask When Choosing a Provider
Here are a few questions to consider when choosing a palliative care provider.
- Does my insurance cover palliative care?
All or part of the cost of palliative care is covered by most insurance plans, as well as by Medicare and Medicaid. You may want to talk with your insurance company to find a list of "preferred providers" and find out if a referral is needed.
- What services does palliative care provide?
Palliative care services typically provide:
Treatment of symptoms, including pain relief and other physical, psychological and emotional symptoms
Establish goals of care by working with patients and families to set priorities of care that are clearly understood and honored by clinicians
Psychosocial, spiritual, and bereavement support
When selecting a palliative care provider, ask what services are offered.
- Where can I receive palliative care?
Patients can receive palliative care from an outpatient palliative care facility, in the hospital, or at home.
- Who are the members of the palliative care team, and what do they do?
The interdisciplinary team often includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapist, counselors, and chaplains. When choosing an agency, ask who is on the team.
- How can I contact the palliative care team?
Find out the best way to contact your palliative care team.
- Are services available after hours or in emergencies?
Find out what services are available outside of regular business hours. Make sure you and your family know what procedures to follow if an emergency arises.