The goals of palliative care are to improve the quality of a chronic or seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment. Both hospice and palliative care focus on comfort by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. However, palliative care may be given at any time during a patient’s illness, from diagnosis on.
Jewish Home Life Communities offers Palliative Care services through Weinstein Hospice.
Who Can Benefit from Palliative Care?
Palliative care is ideal for individuals with a life threatening illness who are pursuing curative treatment. Palliative care can also help patients experiencing difficult symptom management, such as pain, nausea, depression or insomnia, or have a healthcare crisis that requires frequent visits to physicians and hospital emergency rooms.
Who Pays for Palliative Care Services?
Medicare pays for palliative care under certain conditions, and many private insurance plans have a palliative care benefit.
For palliative care patients who make the difficult choice to end curative treatment, hospice care is a compassionate option.