Dealing with a serious illness can be overwhelming. You may have questions about how Palliative Care can help. Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about our Palliative services. If you have more questions, our care navigators can help. Call 1.888.823.8880.
Palliative Care focuses on improving the quality of life for those with chronic, debilitating and life-limiting illnesses. Our Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) service offers medical care, emotional and social support, and education for individuals with serious illness and their families.
- A Gilchrist clinician will visit you to have an open discussion about your illness.
- They will conduct a physical exam, taking time to fully understand your symptoms, how you are coping and how medications and other treatments are working.
- They will ask about your goals for care and learn what’s interfering with your ability to meet those goals.
- Based on the assessment visit, the Gilchrist team will make recommendations about ways to improve your physical comfort and relieve your stress.
- The clinician will share findings with your health care provider, so you and your doctor can consider changes that may help you meet your goals.
- If medically necessary, the Gilchrist team may provide follow-up visits to help you make the changes you and your health care provider agree upon.
Palliative Care and hospice share a common philosophy of care that focuses on comfort, values and wishes for care. However, Palliative Care may be provided at any point in the disease course from diagnosis onward. It can be combined with curative treatments or be the sole focus of care.
Anyone with serious, debilitating or chronic illness can receive Palliative Care through an inpatient referral at GBMC or Howard County General Hospital, or referral from the GBMC Cancer Center. Palliative Care services are also available upon request to those who reside at a skilled nursing or other facility, or who are receiving rehabilitation. These services can be especially beneficial to those with metastatic cancer and other serious illnesses.
Palliative Care can help improve quality of life by focusing on relieving pain and other symptoms, and helping you understand the likely progression of illness and your treatment options. Gilchrist Palliative Care also supports family members who may be overwhelmed by their loved one’s illness and by the challenges of navigating the healthcare system.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurers offer coverage for the Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) consultation. Funds are available through Gilchrist to cover individuals who qualify based on financial need.
Gilchrist Palliative Care (Advanced Care Management) services are offered at:
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center (inpatient and outpatient Cancer Center)
- Howard County General Hospital (inpatient)
- Genesis HealthCare, select sites in Towson and Baltimore City
- Lorien HealthSystems, select sites in Howard County