Can I choose my own palliative care provider?

There are many providers involved in your care and managing it all can be confusing and overwhelming. Your physician, hospital or nursing home may recommend palliative care as a beneficial addition to your care. Or, you may wish to bring it up as a possible option.

There are several different palliative care providers in this area, and each uses a different service model. Please note that the palliative care provider you choose does not have to be affiliated with your physician or hospital system. You can specifically request the organization that you prefer.

Things to consider:

  • Are the medical professionals specially trained in palliative care?
  • Do they have an interdisciplinary team that will take a holistic look at your needs?
  • What is their experience in pain and symptom management?
  • Will they visit you in your home?
  • How much time will they spend with you?
  • Do they have a nurse navigator who can also counsel you via phone?
  • What are their fees?
  • Do they accept Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance?
  • Will they provide care if you cannot afford to pay?

The choice is yours. Palliative care is an effective option to help manage pain and other symptoms of your illness or the side effects of treatment.

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