Palliative care is a home health program managed by an interdisciplinary care team with a focus on symptom management. It is offered to any patient with the need for symptom control, regardless of the stage of illness or prognosis. Palliative care can be offered along with other interventions, including curative and aggressive medical treatments, and can be initiated at any stage in which a patient would benefit from the services.
- What services are available with palliative care?
- What are the eligibility criteria for palliative care?
- Does insurance cover palliative care?
What services are available with palliative care?
- RN: Registered nurses, available 24/7 by phone, provide medical case management and skilled nurse visits.
- CRNP: At the request of your physician, our board certified nurse practitioner can make house calls and serve as a resource person for patients and staff.
- Licensed Social Worker: A social worker is available to assist patients and families with community resource planning and counseling for long-range planning and decision-making.
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapist: In-home therapy is available to meet the individual patient’s needs.
- Certified Nursing Assistant: Certified nursing assistants are available to assist with personal care.
- Chaplain: Chaplains may assist with the spiritual and emotional needs of both patients and family members.
What are the eligibility criteria for palliative care?
- A physician’s order for palliative care services
- A disease process (acute or chronic) causing intractable pain, significant uncomfortable symptoms, or a change in physical or mental function in which the palliative team can impact and maintain quality of life
- Increased need for physical, emotional, social, or spiritual support
- Homebound status
Does insurance cover palliative care?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance policies cover home health services; however, coverage for specific services varies according to an individual’s policy. Springhill Home Health and Hospice can verify and review the individual’s insurance specifications.Return to top