If you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain or an ongoing illness, you may be wondering what is included in palliative care. In this article, we'll go over what palliative care entails, the services offered by palliative care, and how to pick the right option for you or a loved one.
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Palliative care is a type of medical treatment that helps people with chronic illnesses manage their pain, symptoms, and side effects. While palliative care is often lumped in with hospice care, it differs in that it allows you to receive care while still pursuing treatment. This is because palliative care aims to improve one's quality of life, regardless of the stage of their life. It is often used in conjunction with aggressive treatments, such as for a patient going through chemotherapy. Palliative care has the advantage of assisting you in managing pain, symptoms, and side effects while your doctors focus on curative treatment.
Palliative care services include prescribing medications as well as recommending therapies and resources to help patients cope with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Typically a palliative care physician, nurse practitioner, and medical social worker make up the palliative care team.
Specific palliative care support includes:
If you are trying to decide if palliative care is appropriate, there are several factors to consider. Palliative care may be able to help if:
The Lila H. Levin Palliative Care Program from Abramson Senior Care offers one of the finest programs in the area. We have the flexibility to help patients in any care setting or transition, with our Montgomery County-based team providing palliative care services wherever the patient is currently calling home. With a higher visit frequency than most programs, we provide individualized, comprehensive treatment for symptoms, ongoing emotional support, and in-depth care discussions to help patients achieve their specific health goals.
The Lila H. Levin Palliative Care Program accepts referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is covered by private insurance in the Philadelphia area. Simply call 215.371.3550 to get started.
To learn more about what is included in palliative services and to get personalized advice on whether palliative care can help you or a loved on, call our Care Advisors free of charge 24/7 at 215-371-3400.