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Frequently Asked Questions2018-07-21T22:26:40+00:00

FAQs and Forms

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FAQs and Forms

Palliative care is person-centered, compassionate care for individuals suffering with life-limiting medical conditions, and for those who love and care for that individual. Palliative care focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual needs, with an emphasis on identifying and supporting choices, discussion about goals of care, and preserving dignity and maximizing quality of life.
No. Patients receiving palliative care services may or may not also be receiving aggressive, disease-focused therapies.
Palliative care provides whole-person focused care for patients and families dealing with life-limiting medical conditions that have a likely prognosis of months to years, and where aggressive disease-focused treatments may be pursued. Hospice provides whole-person care to individuals who have a prognosis of six months or less to live, have decided against further aggressive, disease-focused treatment, and desire support for best quality of life.
Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary, collaborative team made up of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and/or others. Teams and models vary by community.
Palliative care becomes part of your medical team. Palliative care does not replace or change the roles of your other medical providers, but attempts to collaborate with them to achieve the best care possible. You continue with your primary care physician.
Many private, Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans cover some or all of palliative care services. Check with your insurance representative or ask for assistance from the palliative care team to determine your exact coverage.
Depending on your community, palliative care can be provided at the hospital, a palliative care clinic, in a skilled nursing facility, in an assisted living facility or at your home. Ask your doctor what services are available to you.
Your primary, specialty, or hospital physician can write an order for a palliative care consult if they or you feel there are needs that palliative care can address for you.
5 Wishes is an easy to use document that allows patients to have a voice in end of life decisions. 5 Wishes is written in everyday language and meets the legal requirements for advance directive in 42 states. This website offers 5 Wishes in online and paper form, in 28 languages, as well as specific information about how the form is used in your state.
Here is an example of the customizable 5 Wishes form. The actual form can be purchased at the home site:
The AARP Caregiving Resource Tools is extremely useful list of resources and includes free apps (pill identifier, Rx scheduler, etc), a Q & A tool, a Social Security Benefits Calculator, a guided tour of the Affordable Care Act, and more.
The NHCPO: Advance Directive Forms for Every State site provides easy access to legal advance directive forms for every state.
For practical advice on managing symptoms related to CHF, COPD, Dementia, and Mental Illness, visit our Symptom Management page. Symptom management experts will guide you or your loved one through everyday strategies for improving life with an illness. Resources include printable PDFs for quick reference.

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