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Is Palliative Care Right for You?

Palliative care may be right for you if you have a serious illness, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, and many more. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Palliative care teams specialize in treating pain, depression, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, and more.

When Should Palliative Care Begin?

Palliative care can begin at any age and at any stage in a serious illness in conjunction with curative treatment.

Finding a Palliative Care Provider

You can use the Locate an Agency tab on this website to search for a palliative care provider in your area. These providers are members of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. Your physician may also have a list of palliative care providers.

Questions to Ask

All or part of the cost of palliative care is covered by most insurance plans, as well as by Medicare and Medicaid. You may want to talk with your insurance company to find a list of “preferred providers” and find out if a referral is needed.

Palliative care services typically provide:

  • Treatment of symptoms, including pain relief and other physical, psychological and emotional symptoms
  • Establish goals of care by working with patients and families to set priorities of care that are clearly understood and honored by clinicians
  • Psychosocial, spiritual, and bereavement support

When selecting a palliative care provider, ask what services are offered.

Patients can receive palliative care from an outpatient palliative care facility, in the hospital, or at home.

The interdisciplinary team often includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapist, counselors, and chaplains. When choosing an agency, ask who is on the team.

Find out the best way to contact your palliative care team.

Find out what services are available outside of regular business hours. Make sure you and your family know what procedures to follow if an emergency arises.