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Our compassionate palliative care team is here to support you and your loved ones.
To learn more about our inpatient palliative care services, call 424-259-8160. For general questions about palliative care or scheduling outpatient or home services, call 424-259-7009.
- What is the difference between Palliative Care & Hospice?
- Is Palliative Care right for me?
- Is Palliative Care available for children?
- Where do I go to receive Palliative Care services?
- Can I receive Palliative Care outside the hospital after I am discharged?
- Will I have a new doctor if I use Palliative Care?
- Are Palliative Care services covered by insurance?
- Does receiving Palliative Care mean that I am dying or giving up?
- Does receiving Palliative Care mean that I will die sooner?
- Can I still pursue active treatment of my disease (i.e. hemodialysis, chemotherapy, radiation) if I do Palliative Care?
- What kinds of symptoms does the Palliative Care team treat?
- What if I experience severe, unrelieved symptoms at home? Can I go back to the hospital?
- Will I become addicted to pain medications?
- What if I have side effects from my medications?
- What happens after my loved one dies?
The goal of Palliative Care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families who have chronic or life-limiting illnesses.
- Pain/symptom management
- Improve/maintain quality of life
- Determining goals of care
- Discuss realistic expectations
- Clarification of code status
- Family/staff support during withdrawal of life support
- Psychosocial/spiritual support
- Coordination of care across settings
Palliative Care Hospice Life-prolonging/disease-modifying treatments OK Generally foregoes life-prolonging treatment Terminal, chronic, or acute illness Terminal illness No time restrictions Not covered by all insurance plans Insurance, Medicare usually covers
If you: (from sebastianhospicecare.com)
- Have a disease or injury that cannot be cured
- Have made multiple trips to the emergency room in the past 6 months
- Have pain or other symptoms that interfere with your daily activities
- Need assistance with setting your goals of care and treatment preferences
Take the “Is Palliative Care Right for You?" quiz.
Yes! Palliative Care services are available for children while in the hospital through our Pediatric Palliative Care Program. After discharge, there are several agencies that specialize in Palliative Care services for children.
Other than pain, the Palliative Care team may treat symptoms including:
- Nausea & vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Anxiety and stress
- Depression, hopelessness, and isolation
- Anticipatory grief and bereavement
- Any other symptoms arising from your disease or treatment
Addiction is compulsive drug use despite harmful consequences and is characterized by an inability to stop using a drug, failure to meet obligations, and sometimes tolerance and withdrawal.
- Patients who take medications for the purpose of pain control very rarely become addicted. However, patients may develop tolerance to medications and require more to achieve a certain effect. This is different than addiction, and is an expected response to the medication.
- Pseudoaddiction is a collection of behaviors that resemble addiction or "drug seeking" behaviors. However, in pseudoaddiction these behaviors occur because of unrelieved pain, and they disappear when pain is effectively managed.