What is palliative care?
Palliative care is comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of illness and unlike hospice, can be delivered while you are receiving treatments meant to cure your illness. The goal is to prevent and ease suffering and improve your quality of life.
Palliative care is different from hospice care.
You don't have to be in hospice or at the end of life to receive palliative care. Its availability does not depend on whether or not your condition can be cured, whether you are in the final months of life, or if you are receiving treatments to cure disease. Palliative care is coordinated, consistent care that provides support and symptom management throughout the course of serious illness.
What can I expect?
Our palliative care physician works with your primary doctor as a consultant to coordinate your care. Also available are social workers, nurses and chaplains to help you with the social, physical and spiritual aspects of illness. Our palliative care team can assist you and your family in many ways. Our team will help control symptoms such as:
We exist to provide compassionate, personalized care for recovering and restoring health, improving quality of life, and maintaining independence in the homeand home-like settings of all adults and children who are ill, injured, dying or grieving.
Pallliative Care at Home is currently available to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield health plan members. For more information call (585) 214-1000.