Pal Care for Me or My Family

Palliative Care focuses on comfort and quality of life.  This coordinated, collaborative care involves a team of caregivers who work to address your health concerns according to your values, goals and preferences.  Palliative care teams are typically led by a physician, and often include a nurse practioner, PA, Nurse, Chaplain or Counselor.  This team works diligently to keeps you at the center of our efforts, creating a plan of care that takes into account all that makes you, well....you.  We work alongside your regular primary care providers and specialists, helping to coordinate your care and adding emphasis on your day-to-day sense of welbeing and self-control.  When you are well informed and involved in your heath care decisions, and given the tools to manage how you feel, you enjoy each day more, and it turns out, for many physical challenges, you do better with routine treatments.

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul

~Rabbi Harold Kushner

Is Palliative Care Right for Me?

 

If you are challenged by physical illness which is affecting how you feel day-to-day, and which is possibly effecting your mood, relationships and maybe even your sense of purpose or meaning, then Palliative Care can help.  Palliative Care includes experts in symptom management, counselors and chaplains, who can help with all of these important challenges.

How do I request Palliative Care?

 

As with any health care decision, you want to feel confident that you are getting the best possible care, by a team who is experience, knowledgable and caring.  This website includes guidance that can help you to choose a palliative care service

What Services may I Expect?

 

Since Palliative Care is so personalized, your care will vary depending on your individual needs.  Typical services include a physician, nurse practiotioner, or nurse helping to manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, or insomnia with advice, medications and close monitoring; if your feeling down or anxious, a counselor may be part of your team, or if you are struggling with questions or why me, what does this mean, etc.., then a palliative care chaplain may be most helpful. 

Will Palliative Care come to my home?

 

Depending on the service, and where you live palliative care may be offered in the hospital, rehab center, nursing facility, assisted living, apartment, single family home or perhaps in a palliative care clinic.

Can I still see my regular doctor or other providers?

Yes!  Your Palliative Care team will work right alongside your regular providers and specialists.  In fact, they'll work to help you best understand the care you are receiving and will reach out to your other providers to make sure everyone is working together, and with your preferences and goals in mind.

How is Palliative Care paid for?

 

Palliative care is generally paid for the same way other care is paid for, through your insurance.  You may have a co-payment as with any other services. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to pay out of pocket or to find some free palliative care services.

How do I get involved in promoting Palliative Care?

We know you'll love Palliative Care once you've had a chance to try it and see how much it can help.  You may want to learn more or even refer others to Palliative Care services.  This website is a good place to start, and you can see our references page for more information and ways to get involved helping to share this service throughout our community.