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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a valuable treatment option that gives patients the best of both worlds: treatment geared towards finding a cure for their illness while also maximizing their comfort and reducing pain. It is a care plan that is initiated with the optimism that the patient will survive, but with the understanding that extensive medical care will be necessary. The goal is to make the patient as comfortable as possible while doctors work on treatment that will lead to a full recovery.What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the treatment someone receives to not only provide relief from symptoms, but also to work to find a cure. Unlike hospice care, a patient undergoing palliative care does not have to have a terminal illness. Most often the patient is suffering from an illness that can potentially be treated but requires extensive medical treatment and care.As a result, it is recommended that a patient with the option to start palliative care do so as soon as possible – patients can even begin treatment at the time of diagnosis so that they have the maximum medical care and emotional support possible while undergoing treatment. In fact, the sooner that someone begins treatment the better chances he or she has to make a quick, full recovery.

The unique thing about palliative care is that caregivers offer both medical and emotional support. This is essential for patients who have a long, difficult medical battle ahead of them, such as patients with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, palliative caregivers serve as important resources for patients and their families. They help them navigate the intricate healthcare systems so that the patient can focus on getting healthy rather than struggling to balance the complexity of working with different specialists, medications, and hospitals.

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Palliative care is a valuable treatment option that gives patients the best of both worlds: treatment geared towards finding a cure for their illness while also maximizing their comfort and reducing pain. It is a care plan that is initiated with the optimism that the patient will survive, but with the understanding that extensive medical care will be necessary. The goal is to make the patient as comfortable as possible while doctors work on treatment that will lead to a full recovery.

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the treatment someone receives to not only provide relief from symptoms, but also to work to find a cure. Unlike hospice care, a patient undergoing palliative care does not have to have a terminal illness. Most often the patient is suffering from an illness that can potentially be treated but requires extensive medical treatment and care.

As a result, it is recommended that a patient with the option to start palliative care do so as soon as possible – patients can even begin treatment at the time of diagnosis so that they have the maximum medical care and emotional support possible while undergoing treatment. In fact, the sooner that someone begins treatment the better chances he or she has to make a quick, full recovery.

The unique thing about palliative care is that caregivers offer both medical and emotional support. This is essential for patients who have a long, difficult medical battle ahead of them, such as patients with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy.

In addition, palliative caregivers serve as important resources for patients and their families. They help them navigate the intricate healthcare systems so that the patient can focus on getting healthy rather than struggling to balance the complexity of working with different specialists, medications, and hospitals.

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Where Can You Receive Palliative Care?
Due to its unique nature of offering both medical and emotional support, palliative care can be received at a wide variety of places. Locations can range from nursing homes and hospitals to special rehabilitation centers.

Depending on the patient’s needs, palliative care can even be administered in the comfort of their own home. Where an individual can access care may also depend on the specific illness they are combating, and the level of medical supervision or equipment needed.

At the end of the day, the goal of palliative care is to maximize the comfort of the patient while allowing doctors to treat and hopefully cure the illness they are battling.

How Can You Pay For Palliative Care?
As with many medical treatments and care options, there are usually questions surrounding how it will be paid for. The majority of insurance plans, including both Medicare and Medicaid, will cover palliative care if it is being administered in a licensed nursing facility, rehabilitation center, or hospital. This coverage may also include selective medications and doctors’ visits, depending on the plan chosen.

Private insurance coverage will often cover a wider variety of treatment location options and may give you more flexibility as to where you can receive care.

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