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Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on pain relief, stress and other debilitating symptoms of cancer and other serious illnesses and may be provided while receiving curative treatment. The goal is to help provide the best possible quality of life for individuals and their families while they work to make medical decisions and determine, along with their physician, the best course of treatment that is consistent with their goals and wishes.

What is palliative care and how can it help people?

Palliative care focuses on pain relief, stress and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness and may be provided even at the time of diagnosis and while the patient continues to receive curative treatment. The goal of palliative care is to help provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families while they work to make medical decisions and determine, along with their physician, the best course of treatment that is consistent with their goals and wishes. Palliative care may be provided in the patient's home by VNA of Care New England's home health care program.

Who provides palliative care?

At VNA of Care New England, members of the hospice team including registered nurses, home health aides and social workers provide palliative care services, so that if and when, the patient elects to receive hospice, they are familiar with the staff and have developed a relationship based on trust and mutual understanding.

Who is eligible to receive palliative care?

Palliative care is available for patients who are considered homebound and receiving home health care services from VNA of Care New England.

How is palliative care paid for?

Palliative care is covered under your home health care benefit through Medicare or commercial insurance.

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