Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you come to my house? . . .

Yes, I believe in providing personalized, expert care in the comfort of your home.

What is palliative care? . . .

Palliative care is specialized care for people suffering from symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Whether the illness is curable, chronic or life threatening, our goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

I work closely and communicate with your physician to provide an extra layer of support alongside curative treatment. I advocate for you and help to organize your health care, doctor’s visits and medications.

Those who wish to forgo aggressive treatment and hospital visits can remain comfortable at home with our support.

What does a NP or Nurse Practitioner do? . . .

A Nurse Practitioner is an RN with a masters degree and specialized training enabling them to treat patients and perform functions such as prescribing medication, ordering diagnostic testing, and diagnosing acute and chronic conditions.

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice? . . .

Palliative care can be provided at any point during a serious illness. Hospice is medical care focused on comfort provided during the final six months of life.

What’s are benefits of palliative care? . . .

Palliative care is appropriate and beneficial in dealing with illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and more. I manage symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite, depression, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, restlessness, and agitation. Dealing with these symptoms can improve quality of life and the ability to participate in life’s activities. With my support we can lift some of the burden of serious illness from you and your caregivers.

Can I still see my physician/doctor? . . .

Yes, and we are able to communicate with your primary care physician, keeping them up to date on your status when you are not able to visit the office.

Do you accept long term care or medical insurance? . . .

No, at this time we do not bill insurance companies for our services.