Palliative care utilizes a care team that works with you, your loved ones and your doctors to help match treatment choices to goals. Unlike hospice care, palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment.
Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It’s appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities or at home.
The palliative care team oversees medications and other treatments for pain, constipation, shortness of breath and other symptoms. A social worker coordinates care and serves as an advocate on behalf of the patient and the family. A chaplain offers spiritual support and comfort.
The palliative care team also helps the family by offering medical information, emotional support and home care assistance.
The team assists with communication with other providers and evaluates treatment options
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The Elara Caring nurse practitioner is so kind and takes such good care of my mom.
Former Palliative Care Family Member
The difference between Hospice Care and Palliative Care.
While hospice care and palliative care have some benefits in common, there are significant differences, which the comparison below explains.
Do I qualify?
Palliative care can be provided at any stage of disease and at the same time as curative treatment.
How will I pay?
Palliative care may be covered by Medicare Part B and private insurance.
Palliative care is specialized healthcare for people who are living with serious, long-term illnesses. Palliative care focuses on symptom relief, reducing stress related to the illness and improving quality of life.
This helpful graphic shows what palliative care and hospice care have in common and the differences in care.
The Elara Caring palliative care team includes doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers.
Yes, Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It’s appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
Elara Caring provides palliative care services wherever you call home—in your home, assisted living facility or nursing home.