"Supportive Care and Symptom Relief"
Palliative Care is a holistic and patient-centered approach to treating patients with serious illness. Palliative Care promotes dignity, supports informed decision-making, and ensures that patient and family wishes are identified and respected.
What is Palliative Care Palliative Care is a recognized medical specialty which is designed to create a collaborative, holistic plan that:
Palliative Care is designed to be offered in conjunction with curative treatment, ideally at the diagnosis of a chronic or life-limiting illness as a supportive means to ensure quality of life for both the patient and the family. When appropriate a transition to a plan for Hospice or Comfort Care can and will be supported.
Patients who may benefit from this support include those who:
At St. Mary’s Healthcare it is our mission to ensure patients and families have access to this support throughout our healthcare system. For more information on how you or your loved one can begin discussions on how to integrate Palliative Care into your care plan you may:
Will my insurance pay for Palliative Care Palliative Care is a recognized medical specialty and services are covered by most private health insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid. If you are interested in Palliative care for yourself or your loved one, please ask your doctor for a referral. We work with your physician and other specialists to help ensure that your care is individualized to meet your special needs.
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