FAQs About Palliative Care Programs

Q: Is palliative care only for people in hospice or at end-of-life?

A: Palliative care is NOT the same as end-of-life hospice care. It is the medical specialty focused on relief of the pain and other symptoms of serious, life-threatening illness and is appropriate at any point in an illness. Non-hospice palliative care is available to you at any time during your illness or as comfort care for the terminally ill. 

Q:  How does palliative care help?

A palliative care program can provide relief from symptoms, including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness, depression, dyspnea, and problems with sleep—and offer an improved quality of life.  It can also include emotional and spiritual support.  

Q:  Do I have to give up my own doctor?

A:  Not at all, it offers a more creative way to work with your primary physician. 

Q: When can I receive palliative care?

A:  A palliative care program can be administered at the same time as all other treatments for your illness. So there’s absolutely no reason to wait. 

Q:  Is palliative care covered by insurance?

A:  Most insurance plans do cover palliative care services, including Medicare and Medicaid. 

Q:  How do I find out more about palliative care and if I am eligible?

A:  Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about palliative care or call our palliative care specialists at 800-400-0981. 

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the VNA Health Group Palliative Care Program, click here or call us at 800-400-0981 for more information.

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