What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized field of medicine that focuses on providing seriously ill patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
At North Kansas City Hospital, palliative care may include pain and symptom management, information on your diagnosis and care options, coordination with your family to provide education and help with planning, emotional support and spiritual care, depending on your needs.
When is Palliative Care Needed?
Palliative care can be provided for any illness starting from the time of diagnosis. It often accompanies active treatment for chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and others.
Why is Palliative Care Needed?
Palliative care is provided when a patient with a serious or chronic illness needs help managing pain and symptoms and with coordination of care.
Who Provides Palliative Care?
Palliative care is usually provided by a team of specialists, including palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and a chaplain. At North Kansas City Hospital, our team includes all of these professionals working in partnership with your primary doctor.
How Do I Get Palliative Care?
At North Kansas City Hospital, palliative care is always available. Ask your doctor or any healthcare provider.
Does Insurance Cover Palliative Care?
Palliative care treatments are usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans, just like other hospital or medical service. The palliative care team social worker can help you with questions.
For more information about palliative care at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1555.