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Dealing with the symptoms or stress of a serious illness is difficult. Thankfully, special care, called Palliative Care, is available to make you more comfortable right now. In response to ever-changing healthcare needs, Hosparus Health has expanded our home-based services beyond traditional hospice care to include palliative care and MD NP specialty visits.
How is Palliative Care Different from Hospice Care?
Palliative care, also called advanced illness care, is supportive care for people with serious illness that's provided wherever a patient calls home. Unlike hospice, advanced illness care is not limited by a patient’s life expectancy and can be provided at any stage of an illness. It can also be provided alongside treatments meant to cure you.
Our palliative / advanced illness care program focuses on improving coordination among all care providers, better management of treatments and medications, assistance with daily living needs, coordination of social services and counseling for patients with difficult-to-manage chronic illness.
The interdisciplinary care teams our community has come to rely upon for hospice care are also part of our palliative care and advanced illness care program. This team of specialists works together with your other providers to offer an extra layer of support. Your team may include:
• Board-certified physicians
• Advanced nurse practitioners
• Registered nurses
• Certified nursing assistants
• Social workers
• Grief counselors
Palliative care is intended to optimize your quality of life and make the most of each day. You can expect your care team to make recommendations to lessen the effects of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. You can also expect close communication and more control over your care. It can improve your ability to endure medical treatments. It can help you to match your goals to your treatment choices, and make daily living easier.
Who Can Refer a Patient?
Anyone – a patient, their loved ones or others involved in their care – can make the first contact with Hosparus Health to find out if the patient meets medical eligibility requirements for hospice care or if our adult palliative / advanced illness care program is a better fit for their care needs. We accept referrals 24 hours a day. Families may call us, and we’ll make the arrangements with the patient’s physician. Doctors may also refer to us directly.
We care for seriously ill children through our Kourageous Kids pediatric hospice and palliative care program.
Payment of Services
Palliative care is a very affordable, private-pay service in most cases, and patients may opt out at any time. Hosparus Health has made a significant investment which offsets, but does not cover the entire cost of the program. We have established a sliding fee scale for payment of palliative care services based on income. Financial assistance is available for those unable to pay.
Some services may be covered by health insurance. We continue to work with Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance plans to encourage increased coverage of advanced illness care, and we are making progress with innovative pilot programs with select private insurance companies. Please contact us to discuss your needs, and let us help you determine coverage eligibility and fees.
Grief Counseling and Social Services
Patients and families in our palliative care program may access many of our grief services at little to no cost. Fees for individual and family counseling are determined on a sliding scale based on income and may include financial assistance.
Hosparus Health counselors and social workers are available to help with the stress, grief and other issues associated with serious illness. We also offer resources to assist with advance care planning.
Dealing with the symptoms or stress of a serious illness is difficult. Thankfully, special care, called Palliative Care, is available to make you more comfortable right now. Hosparus Health offers specialty palliative care visits by a nurse practitioner (NP) or physician (MD) wherever you call home. You can receive specialty palliative care visits at the same time you are receiving treatment for your illness.
The goals of the Hosparus Health specialty palliative care visits focus on:
Is Palliative Care right for your family?