Palliative Care

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

The hospice philosophy of care accepts death as the final stage of life and focuses on bringing patient comfort, self-respect, and tranquility. Emphasizing quality rather than the length of life, patients are encouraged to participate in activities they care for, to be full of life, and be surrounded by friends and family during their last days in a peaceful and comfortable setting.

Hospice encourages life and does not hasten or postpone death and provides care when a cure is not possible. At Noble Hospice, We Add Life To Every day by:

  • Our goal is to improve the quality of life both for the patient and the family.
  • Palliative care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness.
  • Palliative care teams specialize in treating people suffering from illnesses such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, pulmonary fibrosis, stroke, sickle anemia, cancer and leukemia/lymphoma.
  • In short, our palliative care team will help you improve your quality of life.
  • Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms. It also helps you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you’re receiving.
  • Palliative can be very effective: according to research, patients with palliative care have an improvement in pain and distressing symptoms. They also have an improvement in communication and better emotional support.

When to start Palliative care

  • Patients can receive palliative care at any time, at any stage of the illness process, whether terminal or not
  • Palliative care acts to fill the hap for those patients who want and need comfort at any stage of the disease process whether terminal or chronic.
  • Those who qualify include: those who suffer from pain and other symptoms due to any serious illness, those who experience physical or emotional pain that is not under control.

Palliative vs. Hospice Care

  • Palliative care is available to you at any time during your illness. You CAN receive palliative care at the same time you receive treatments that are meant to cure your illness.
  • Its availability does not depend upon whether your condition can be cured. The goal is to make you as comfortable as possible and improve your quality of life.
  • People in hospice always receive palliative care, but hospice focuses on a person’s final months of life.

Who pays for Palliative Care

  • Most insurance plans including Medicare cover all or part of the palliative care treatment. Social workers from the palliative care team can help you figure out coverage if a concern does exist.
  • Its availability does not depend upon whether your condition can be cured. The goal is to make you as comfortable as possible and improve your quality of life.
  • People in hospice always receive palliative care, but hospice focuses on a person’s final months of life.

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