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Palliative Care

Frequently Asked Questions About Palliative Care

Will palliative care replace my doctor?

No. Talbot Palliative Care provides consultative services - a nurse practitioner will work with the patient's community providers to develop a treatment plan.

Where do I see the palliative care practitioner?

The nurse practitioner goes out to the patient's home (or long-term care facility) to see the patient.

Does insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurances cover palliative care practitioner visits. It is billed as if you were going to a provider office.

What is the difference between your Palliative Care and Pathways Programs?

A patient can receive services from both the Palliative Care and Pathways programs simultaneously. They are two separate programs with no overlap of services. 

How is palliative care different from hospice?

Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious illness. Individuals on palliative care can still be receiving treatments such as chemotherapy or dialysis. 

Is palliative care different from home health?

Palliative care is provided by a licensed practitioner with special training and experience in palliative care who provides treatment recommendations. Home health is typically provided by nurses and rehabilitation professionals.

Can I receive home health and palliative care at the same time?

Yes, they are two difference services. Talbot Palliative Care works in conjunction with your current, traditional treatment modalities.

Can I continue curative treatments while receiving palliative care?

Yes, you can continue to seek treatment for your illness and receive palliative care. Palliative care can be utilized with traditional or curative care.

How do I become a patient with Talbot Palliative Care?

In order to become a patient of Talbot Palliative Care, we would need a referral from your community provider. You can contact them yourself and ask them to send us a referral, or you can call us and we can contact your provider on your behalf.

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