Palliative Care is different from hospice care, as it provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms.
Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists that may include doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, dietitians and counselors. The team will provide expert treatment of pain and symptoms; open discussions about your illness; treatment choices and symptom management; communication and coordination of care with all health care providers; emotional and spiritual support for you and your family; and a smooth transition from the hospital to outpatient services.
Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you will receive, just as they would for other medical services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover palliative care. If you have concerns about the cost of treatment, a social worker from the palliative care team can help you.
For more information about Palliative Care Services, click here to view our brochure or speak with your health care provider.
Palliative Care Services
Blackwell Medical Tower • Suite 2
201 Sivley Road • Huntsville, AL 35801