What is Palliative Care?
Specialized medical care that focuses on quality of life throughout the course of a serious illness.
Helping patients deal with symptoms and stress of a serious illness is a challenging task. Our palliative care program can help improve quality of life for seriously ill patients by addressing their physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.
Palliative care is appropriate for your patients who have been given a prognosis of one year or less and are not ready or eligible for hospice care. Services can be provided in any place a patient calls home, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
- Consultative visits provided in the patient’s home by an Advance Practice Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) and/or collaborating physician specially trained in palliative care
- A team of expert interdisciplinary professionals to address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs as necessary
- Coordination of care with primary care physician and relevant specialists
- Transitional care management
- Goals of care/advance care planning discussions
The LHC Group Difference
We are about Person Centered care.
By focusing on quality of life throughout the course of a serious illness, our palliative care program helps match treatments with patient goals. Our team of clinical experts works collaboratively with the patient and family, their primary care physician, and other specialists and care organizations providing care to offer an extra layer of support throughout the patient’s care continuum.
We Care About People
Because people are far more than their medical conditions.
We are about Person Centered care. That means knowing the people we serve, understanding their needs, and tailoring healthcare to ensure the best journey possible.
We Provide the Best Care Available
And are passionately committed to making it better every day.
We lead the industry in quality ratings but that is not enough for us. We’re committed to establishing a new standard of clinical excellence and outstanding service in all we do.
We Embrace the Communities We Serve
Because the best care happens where in the context of strong relationships.
We empower our clinicians and staff to build the kind of relationships in our communities that ensure quality, consistency, and stability in all we do.
What Does Palliative Care Cost?
Medicare will cover the cost of palliative care services for those patients over the age of 65 who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Medicaid and private insurance companies may also pay for palliative care services. Patients are informed of any possible out-of-pocket costs upon admission to palliative care.
U.S. veterans enrolled in the VHA Medical Benefits Package are eligible for palliative care coverage if they meet the clinical need for the service. Learn more at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website at va.gov.
Important things to convey when palliative care is appropriate.
Help your patients cope with the stress and symptoms of a serious, advanced illness.
When supportive palliative care makes sense.