Palliative Care Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Palliative Care the same as hospice?

No. Palliative care can be provided in conjunction with curative therapies without regard to the projected survival. It is appropriate for anyone with a chronic, progressive and/or life-threatening illness and can be started at any time along with therapies intended to cure or improve the condition.

Will my insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or a portion of palliative care services.

Can I receive palliative care while seeking curative treatment?

Yes, your palliative care team will work with you while you are receiving curative treatments.

Will my family and loved ones benefit from palliative care?

Absolutely, palliative care is a patient and family centered process that aims to improve the lives of patients, family members, and caregivers. Easing your suffering improves quality of life for all those involved in your care.

Is palliative care appropriate for pediatric patients?

Yes, palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a patients illness. May not be available at all Beaumont sites.

What services are offered through palliative care?

  • we aim to reduce pain and symptoms associated from illness
  • provide education to help you better understand your diagnosis and disease
  • clarify goals and treatments of your care
  • coordinate with other health care professionals working with you
  • support you physically and emotionally as you cope with your illness

What can I expect from my palliative care team?

Palliative care works to improve your quality of life and ease your suffering related to illness. You should expect the team to work with you to manage your symptoms such as pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and trouble eating.

Who is on the palliative care team?

Trained palliative care physicians, nurses, social worker’s, and spiritual care are all members of the palliative care team. Learn more about the palliative care team »