Cullman Regional’s Palliative Care Clinic offers specialized medical care that treats the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of illness, along with curative medical treatment. Our Palliative Care team’s goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family through making encounters with the health care system less stressful.
Our providers support patients living with serious illness and their families through:
Ensuring questions are answered and patients and their families have an understanding of their illness and care plan
Managing complex physical and emotional symptoms, including pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping
Providing information about what to expect in the future to ensure care is matched to the patient’s goals and priorities including advanced care planning
Palliative Care Clinic
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Palliative care has been shown to significantly improve patient quality of life and lower the burden of difficult to manage symptoms. Palliative care can also help prevent symptom crises and lead to fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations. If you or a family member have difficult to manage symptoms, questions about complex illness, or need to talk more about advanced care planning and healthcare wishes, palliative care may be beneficial.
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
No, palliative care provides support in conjunction with the patient’s current care team and is available any time during an illness. Palliative care can start as soon as a patient is diagnosed with a complex illness, regardless of prognosis. Hospice care is provided to patients with a prognosis of 6 months or less.
Does insurance pay for palliative care?
Yes, most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care.
How will palliative care work with other doctors?
The palliative care team works in partnership with other providers to offer an additional layer of support and extra time for discussion regarding the patient’s goals, symptoms, and treatment options along with assistance navigating the health care system.
Wednesday: 1pm – 4pm
Thursday: 9am – 12pm
1948 Alabama Highway 157
Professional Office Building 1,
Cullman, AL 35058