Most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care services with routine co-pays and typically don’t require a referral from your primary care provider.
Hospice care is comfort care for people who are facing a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less. Hospice care focuses on keeping a patient comfortable and prepares the patient and the patient’s family for the patient’s end of life once it is determined that treatment for the illness will no longer be pursued. Hospice will not use life-prolonging medications. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. It is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis, and it is appropriate at any age and any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Palliative care is provided in a variety of settings, including at Elliot Hospital, at our outpatient clinic, and in area skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes).
Our team aims to provide relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. We work to help patients carry on with their daily lives and improve their ability to tolerate medical treatments. Our team will work with you and your family to better understand your condition and your choices for medical care, while keeping your personal goals as our focus. We are also available to help with medical advance directive paperwork.
Tell your doctors and nurses that you would like to see the palliative care team and a referral will be placed based on your physical location.
We will certify patients for TC if they are generally appropriate for palliative care.
Insurance Card, including your policy number and/or Medicare/Medicaid card.
Co-payment is expected when you check in. For your convenience, we accept checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Prescription Medication(s) in their original bottles or a list of all medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements, and the amounts you take.
Please contact us for questions about services available at Elliot Palliative Care Services.