Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative Care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work together with a patient’s doctor to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Why Palliative Care?
While most physicians and nurses have a solid understanding of symptom management, many patients have multiple symptoms or a single difficult symptom that requires an interdisciplinary approach and specialized expertise. The Palliative Care of North Texas interdisciplinary team members are experts in the specialized area of medicine and, through research, are pioneering new approaches to effective treatment. The Palliative Care specialists often stabilize and strengthen patients. At times, this advantage of receiving the most sophisticated symptom management allows a patient to continue with his or her current treatment plan.
What Can I expect from Palliative Care and the Palliative Care Team?
Expertise in treating one or more symptoms such as pain, fatigue, constipation, weight loss, weakness, shortness of breath and difficulty sleeping, as well as mental or emotional symptoms such as confusion, depression and anxiety. Palliative Care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your conditions and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.
Advance Care Planning
Since outcomes of treatment can be unpredictable, we offer assistance to patients and their families when they seek more information about coping with issues surrounding disease progression. Our goal is to assist in making informed decisions. When appropriate, we offer in-depth knowledge regarding end-of-life resources, and provide assistance in finding and coordinating care with community services.
Strong Support Throughout All Stages of Illness
Whether patients are seeking a cure or focusing on improving their quality of life, the Palliative Care team offers significant physical and emotional support to patients and their families.
How do I know if Palliative Care is right for me?
Palliative Care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illnesses may include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis and more. Palliative Care can be provided at any stage of an illness and along with treatment meant to cure you.
How does Palliative Care work with my own doctor?
The Palliative Care team works in partnership with your own doctor to provide expert symptom management and extra time for communication and help in navigating the health system.
How do I pay for palliative care?
Most insurance plans cover all or part of the Palliative Care treatment you receive, just as with other hospital and medical services. This is also true of Medicare and Medicaid. If costs are a concern, the Palliative Care team can help you with payment options and programs.
Can I keep my doctor?
Yes! The palliative care team works in partnership with your own doctor to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family.
If I agree to Palliative Care, does that mean I am giving up?
Not all all. In fact, palliative care can help you cope with aggressive treatments by getting your pain and symptoms under control to help you fight the disease.
Who provides these services?
A team including doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers and chaplains, similar to the hospice team.
Who can receive this care?
Adults with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care.
How long can I receive care?
This will depend upon your care needs.
Can I continue to receive treatments to cure my illness?
You may receive palliative care and curative care at the same time.