This is a special type of care designed for the chronically ill and individuals faced with multiple illnesses, regardless of life expectancy. An individual does not have to be terminally ill to receive palliative care, but he or she must be living with an incurable, progressive disease or diseases. Palliative care strives to maximize the patient’s comfort while minimizing symptoms of the illnesses.
The goal of palliative care is to help individuals maintain their routines and day-to-day life as much as possible. Palliative care is often referred to as “comfort care” because of its attention to improving the patient’s quality of life and relieving suffering. Unlike hospice care, a patient can still seek curative treatments when he or she is enrolled in Hospice of Chattanooga’s palliative care program.
Palliative care is covered by insurance, just like any other visit to a physician specialist. This type of care, just like hospice, includes medical, emotional and spiritual support. Palliative care consultations can take place by physician referral in the hospital, Hospice of Chattanooga’s palliative care clinic, or a long-term care facility. Hospice of Chattanooga’s palliative care team serves individuals with a wide range of illnesses including, but not limited to Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, cancer, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, AIDS, stroke, etc.