Comfort Care FAQ

Comfort Care FAQ

Comfort Care Services

  • What Are Comfort Care Services?

    Comfort Care services relieve suffering by treating pain and symptoms, focusing on improving quality of life for patients while receiving treatment for people of any age and at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening.

  • What Is The Palliative Process?

    The palliative process involves a multidisciplinary team approach that assists with comfort care by providing pain and symptom control, coordination of services and support for patients and their families. The team includes Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, and coordinators.

  • Do I Have To Give Up My Own Doctor?

    No. The multidisciplinary care team doesn’t replace your doctor but provides an extra layer of support and works in partnership with your primary doctor and the specialists you are currently seeing.

  • What Does The Multidisciplinary Care Team Do That’s Different From My Other Doctors?

    The other doctors focus on your general health or treating your illness or condition. Our Comfort care team are specially trained in pain management and symptom control.

  • Are Comfort Care Or Palliative Care The Same As Hospice Care

    No. Unlike Hospice, a patient does not need to have a terminal diagnosis to receive comfort care or palliative care services.

  • What’s The Difference Between Palliative Care And Hospice Care?

    Palliative services provide whole-person care that relieves symptoms of a disease or disorder, whether or not it can be cured. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for people who likely have 6 months or less to live. To simplify, hospice care is always palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice care.

  • Will My Insurance Cover Palliative Care Services?

    Just as with other hospital and medical services, Medicare, Medicaid and all third-party payer insurance cover all or part of palliative care services. The Social Workers from our multidisciplinary care team can help discuss health plan benefits

  • What If My Condition Improves?

    Your plan of care will be reviewed weekly and services can be stopped at any time if your condition improves.

  • Where Can I Get Palliative Care?

    We provide care wherever you are: your doctor’s office, at home, a family member’s home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, and other facilities.

  • What Conditions Are Covered?

    Palliative care can be offered in most illnesses including but not limited to:

    • ALS
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Breast Cancer
    • Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Colon Cancer
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Dementia
    • Head and Neck Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Leukemia and Lymphoma
    • Lung Cancer
    • Multiple Myeloma
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Ovarian Cancer
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Sickle Cell Anemia
    • Stroke