This is a special type of care designed for the chronically ill and individuals facing multiple illnesses, regardless of life expectancy. Choosing palliative care does not mean hospice.
Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms. It can also help you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you receive. Most importantly, palliative care can help improve the quality of your life.
The goal of palliative care is to help individuals maintain their routines and day-to-day life as much as possible. Palliative care is often referred to as “comfort care” because of its attention to improving the patient’s quality of life and relieving suffering. Unlike hospice care, a patient can still seek curative treatments when he or she is enrolled in Hospice of Chattanooga’s palliative care program.
It’s never too early to start palliative care. In fact, it occurs at the same time as all other treatments for your illness and does not depend on the course of your disease.
Palliative care is covered by insurance, just like any other visit to a physician specialist.
To request a palliative care consultation, simply request your doctor send a referral or you can call us and we will contact your physician with your request.