Levos Care FAQ
What is palliative care?
The goal of palliative care is to help people with serious illnesses feel better. It prevents or treats symptoms and side effects of disease and treatment. The goal is to improve the quality of life for you and your family.
Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists including physicians, nurses, social workers, and spiritual care counselors. It also involves goals of care discussions in which the patient, their loved ones and treating physicians talk through your goals, your concerns and your treatment options.
What services are provided?
Our specially trained physicians and nurse practitioners work with you and your physician to provide:
-Relief from pain and other symptoms
-Two-way communication with your family and providers about your goals, your concerns and your treatment options
-Information about the benefits and burdens of treatments you are considering
-Coordination of care among your treating providers
-Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
How is palliative care different from hospice care?
The main difference is that palliative care can be offered while the patient is receiving curative treatment for their illness. Both hospice and palliative care offer compassionate care to patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses. In short, all hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice.
Who can receive palliative care?
Anyone with a serious and chronic illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care. The most common conditions treated with palliative care are advanced cancers, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Frequent hospitalizations and/or emergency room visits may also be a sign that it is time for palliative care.
Who pays for palliative care?
In most instances, palliative care physician/practitioner visits are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance. In some cases, a co-payment may apply. A Levos representative will help you determine what fees, if any, apply with your particular health care coverage.