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Frequently Asked Questions

What is palliative care?
The goal of palliative care is to maximize comfort and quality of life for patients and families experiencing an advanced or newly diagnosed chronic or serious illness.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No. Hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life, while palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness.

How does palliative care work?
Once a consult is requested, the palliative care navigator will meet with you to determine your needs and forward this information to the palliative care team. Together, they address emotional, spiritual and cultural needs while working closely with your own doctor regarding treatment options.

The CMH Palliative Care team includes palliative care doctors, nurse practitioner, nurses, social workers, chaplain, pharmacist, nutritionist and case managers who meet weekly to collaborate on patient care plans.

How do I get palliative care?
Palliative care services are available to all inpatients at Calvert Memorial Hospital, through our consult team. If you, a family member or caregiver thinks that this a service you need, please notify your assigned nurse. Don’t wait to get the extra support you need. Ask for a visit from the palliative care team.

Is palliative care covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive in the hospital, just as they would other services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover palliative care. If you have concerns about the cost of palliative care treatment, a social worker from the palliative care team can help you.



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