Frequently Asked Questions
How can I receive palliative care?
Palliative care is provided if a person has a serious illness and one or more of the following:
- Patient, family, or team need assistance with complex decision making and determination of goals of care
- Difficult-to-control pain or other symptom distress (such as dyspnea, delirium, nausea) related to a serious medical illness
- Difficult-to-control psychosocial or spiritual issues related to a serious medical illness
- Multiple hospitalizations for same diagnosis
- Progressive decline in functional status
- Progressive metastatic cancer
- New diagnosis of life limiting illness for symptom control or determination of goals of care
- Need for Advance Care Planning or clarification of DNR status
- Utilization of ICU setting in patient with documented poor prognosis
- Prolonged ICU stay or transfer to the ICU setting without evidence of progress
- Questions regarding artificial nutrition or hydration in cognitively impaired, seriously ill or actively dying patients
- Patient or family requests for care determined by primary team to be differences in family and team goals of care
- Patient, family, or team request for information regarding hospice appropriateness
What can I expect?
At Jefferson, palliative care is provided in the hospital and in an outpatient setting. In addition, you can expect:
- Relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
- Support with emotional, spiritual, or financial stressors that may affect you or a family member during treatment for cancer
- Help carrying on with your daily life
- Improved ability to go through medical treatments.
- Help with understanding your cancer diagnosis and your choices for medical care
- An improved overall quality of life
Will my insurance cover palliative care?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care. If costs concern you, a social worker or financial consultant can help you navigate through the benefits process.