Midland Care Palliative Care
Palliative Care helps patients with advance illness
Palliative care is a service that addresses the needs of patients with advanced illnesses. This program is a team-oriented approach for persons whose illness may not be responsive to curative treatment. It focuses on patients and their families so they can live life to the fullest each day.
Palliative Care Differs from Hospice Services
Palliative care may be instituted at any point in the illness, whether or not the patient chooses to continue curative treatment, and focuses on symptom management and support for patient and family. The patient may choose to continue treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, or dialysis while participating in the palliative care program. As the illness progresses and the prognosis is determined to be six months or less, hospice services may become involved. The criterion for receiving hospice services is that the physician has determined a patient has a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less. The focus is on care, not cure, and the patient may have declined any treatments to cure the illness, such as chemotherapy or surgery. The patient's primary care physician must approve admission to either hospice or palliative care programs.
Midland Care is Your Local Expert in Palliative Care
Development of Midland Care was begun in 2001 and the first patients were seen in the Fall of 2002. During the development process, Midland Care staff conducted extensive research and focus groups with physicians, nurses, nursing facility personnel, and community members and it was determined that there was a need for a palliative care service in Topeka and the surrounding area. We believe that patients with advanced illness and their families have a need for palliative care services, including pain and symptom management, education and emotional support.
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Palliative Care Helps in Many Ways
When you have an advanced illness, life may seem very confusing and complicated. At this time in your life, Midland Care's Palliative Care Team can offer:
- Pain and symptom management
- Someone to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you have questions or concerns
- Assistance in coordinating your care and communicating with your treatment team
- Education about your illness, your treatment, and your options
- Someone to talk to about your choices and plans for the future
- Support for your family and loved ones
- Assistance in accessing needed services or help with placement options
Billing for Palliative Care Services
Palliative care is a consultation service covered by Medicare B and most other insurance providers. Midland Care bills the provider directly for service. Other health care services are billed directly by the provider of those services.
If you have questions about Midland Care's Palliative Care or would like to make a referral, contact Midland Care's Admissions Office at (785) 232-2044.