If you or someone you love is experiencing troubling symptoms from a serious or chronic illness, palliative care may be the answer. When you are experiencing pain, frustration, or distress, your quality of life is compromised. You may have even given up on ever being comfortable and free of pain again.
Queen City Palliative Care can put you back in control. The unique approach of a palliative care team can restore comfort, alleviate pain, and reduce symptoms that prevent you or your loved one from engaging fully in life. When pain and other debilitating symptoms are relieved, you can once again participate in activities you enjoy or spend meaningful time with loved ones.
What is Palliative Care?
Queen City Care provides a type of medical care that focuses on helping seriously ill patients and their families improve quality of life by alleviating symptoms, pain, and stress. Palliative care is a medical specialty, just like cardiology, oncology, and pulmonology.
Our interdisciplinary team will develop an individualized plan of care with you and your loved ones leading all treatment decisions.
Who Provides the Care?
Queen City Care has a team of experienced professionals that primarily includes palliative care physicians, palliative care nurses, and social workers. The team may also include pharmacists and other complimentary care professionals.
Working together with the patient, family, and the patient’s primary physician, the Queen City Palliative Care team will address the following:
- Manage complex pain and other debilitating symptoms
- Ensure that the patient and family have a better understanding of the illness and options for treatment and care
- Work with the patient to help them establish their goals and wishes
- Coordinate care with the patient’s physician and other specialists who are involved in the patient’s care and treatment
- Support family members who are coping with changes in the patient’s health and helping ease the stress caused by the patient’s serious condition
Who Would Benefit from Queen City Palliative Care?
Any person who is experiencing a serious illness of any kind is appropriate for palliative care. A few examples of illnesses treated by palliative care include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Heart Failure
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Failure
Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?
All hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice care. Both types of care use an interdisciplinary team approach to manage pain and other debilitating symptoms, but there are distinct differences:
- Palliative care can be provided at the same time a patient is receiving curative treatments
- Hospice care is for patients who have a limited life expectancy and is no longer seeking aggressive curative treatment, such as surgery or chemotherapy
Where is the Care Provided?
Palliative care is provided by local hospitals in an in–patient setting and Queen City Palliative Care acts as an extension of that care by providing palliative care in whatever place the patient calls home.
Who Pays for Palliative Care?
Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance plans cover the services provided by Queen City Palliative Care, according to the contract provisions of the patient’s policy.