If you are dealing with a painful and serious illness, palliative care is available to help control your symptoms, stress and to make you more comfortable.
Palliative care is the medical specialty that focuses on the many ways serious illness affects patients and their families. The goal is to help the total patient and relieve the physical and non-physical suffering that disease may bring.
What to expect from palliative care:
- Relief from symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep
- Strength to carry on with daily life
- Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments
- Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
- Counseling patients and families when making medical decisions becomes difficult
- Listening and providing support through all stages of illness
Is palliative care the same as hospice?
Palliative medicine helps people manage the pain, symptoms and stress of disease at any point in an illness. Hospice helps people whose diagnosis is terminal.
Who pays for palliative care?
Palliative care is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Getting palliative care is easy, just ask. You may already have been referred to the palliative care team, but if not, ask your doctor for a referral. We work with your primary physician, so you will not have to give up your current doctor.
Medical Center at Augusta University welcomes all questions from patients and family members.
For more information, call the Medical Center at Augusta University palliative care team at 706-945-2564.