Often, when people hear “Palliative Care” they think “Hospice”. Though hospice may be part of some palliative care plans, it is only one part. Both aim to provide comfort, but palliative care often begins at diagnosis and can continue throughout treatment and even after. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient.
Palliative care will address the symptoms of a serious illness as well as the side effects of medical therapies used to treat the illness, such as nausea, pain, anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite and fatigue.
Together with your medical team you can develop a palliative care plan that may include services and treatments such as:
- Nutritional Supplements
Palliative care not only helps with treating symptoms and improving quality of life, it can also help with understanding treatment options. These services can be offered in a variety of settings and may be covered by insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid—check with your insurance provider to see what they cover.