How Do You Know if One Needs Palliative Care?

Are you or your loved one suffering from physical symptoms or emotional distress associated with a chronic illness? Do you need help planning for the care involved with a chronic illness?
Many people dealing with chronic illness could benefit greatly from palliative care, including adults and children living with illnesses such as:
  • Cancer 
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease 
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Kidney Failure 
  • Dementia
You may want to consider palliative care services if you or your loved one:
  • Suffer from pain, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath or other symptoms due to any life-threatening chronic illness.
  • Experience physical or emotional pain that is NOT under control.
  • Need help understanding your situation and coordinating your care.
  • Have had three or more hospitalizations in the last year.
  • Have frequent emergency department admissions.
  • Need assistance with planning, decision making or emotional or spiritual support. 

It’s never too early to start palliative care.

In fact, palliative care occurs at the same time as all other treatments for your illness and does not depend upon the course of your disease.

How Do You Get Palliative Care?

Ask your doctor, nurse or social worker today to get more information about palliative care. Your doctor may consult our palliative care team to discuss how the team can help with your care.
Medicare and insurance plans cover the palliative care treatment as part of the hospital stay. If you have questions, call 812-450-3201.