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Palliative Care FAQ

How does Palliative Care Work?

When the doctors asks for Palliative Care assistance, the Palliative Care nurse visits with the patient and family to help develop a plan of care that is based on the patient's wishes and needs.

A "team approach" is then taken with the Palliative Care nurse, doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains to assist with the plan of care. This care could consist of finding relief for pain, helping with decisions and providing spiritual support.

When is it the right time for Palliative Care?

Palliative Care helps through all stages of illness. It is best introduced early in your care, although it can begin at any time during the course of an illness.

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?

No. Hospice Care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, while Palliative Care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

How can I get Palliative Care?

To begin Palliative Care, ask your doctor for a referral to Palliative Care. A doctor's order is required to begin this service.

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