Sage Palliative Care
Quality of life care that mitigates suffering for patients with serious or complex illness.
Specialized medical care for people living with a severe illness.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for patients living with a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Patients receive medical care focused on symptom management and pain reduction. Palliative care can be administered alongside curative treatments for their serious illness. Sage’s palliative care team works to prevent or ease suffering, improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family, and help patients and their families make difficult health care decisions. For example, when a patient decides to forgo treatment for their severe illness or is near the end of life, they may choose to enter hospice care.
A severe illness may be defined as a disease or condition with a high risk of death or one that negatively affects a person’s quality of life or ability to perform daily tasks. It may cause symptoms or have treatments that affect everyday life and lead to caregiver stress.
Patients receiving Sage Palliative Care have the following services available to them:
Frequently Asked Questions
About Palliative Care
Answers to common questions can be found here.
A palliative care team may include specialist nurses and doctors, social workers, religious or spiritual leaders, therapists, nutritionists, and other professionals. Your palliative care team may vary depending on your needs and level of care.
Palliative care can be provided alongside your current treatment and care. Your palliative care team works with your physicians to provide specific treatments and care plans. Sage Palliative Care providers are trained in symptom management, disease education, and many different aspects of healthcare. Palliative Care teams coordinate with your physicians to enhance your current care by focusing on quality of life for you and your family.
People living with severe illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, or kidney failure may experience emotional or physical pain related to their condition. If you’re having trouble coping with this pain, palliative care may be proper for you. You don’t need to wait until your disease is in the advanced stages or you’re in the final months of life to start palliative care. Talk with your doctor if you’re considering starting palliative care. To begin the process, ask your health care provider to refer you to Sage Palliative Care. A doctor referral form can be downloaded here, or you can start the process by either calling (480) 607-0606 or filling out our patient referral form here.
Palliative care can be provided in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, outpatient palliative care clinics, and other specialized clinics or in the comfort of your own home.
Finding care in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals may be more complicated during COVID-19. However, these facilities may continue to update their services and policies to comply with state departments of health and CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of people receiving care and staff. Sage Palliative Care can help you navigate these uncertain times. Learn more from the CDC.
Most private insurance plans cover some or all palliative care services. Medicare and Medicaid also typically cover most of these services. However, many insurance providers do require a small co-pay for palliative services.
Veterans may also be eligible for palliative care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have concerns about paying for palliative care, one of Sage’s social workers or care managers will be glad to help you by calling (480) 607-0606.
Not necessarily. Palliative care is meant to relieve symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulties, or nausea, among others, and relieve stress for patients and their families. Palliative care can be used at any time after the diagnosis of a serious illness.
Hospice care is a specialized form of palliative care delivered in the final months or weeks of life. Hospice care is used when patients and their families no longer wish to pursue treatments meant to slow or halt the progression of an illness and instead focus only on comfort care. Hospice care services are generally covered in full by Medicare and most other insurances. Click here to learn more about Sage Hospice Care services.
Advance care planning involves making decisions ahead of time about the health care you would want to receive at the end of life or in a medical crisis. For example, when a person is diagnosed with a serious illness, they should prioritize early advanced care planning conversations with their family and doctors. In addition, studies have shown that patients who have participated in advanced care planning are more likely to be satisfied with their care when aligned with their wishes.
Palliative Care is available to patients who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, or kidney failure. This form of care is available to patients at any point in the patient’s disease progression whether at the beginning or at advanced stages.
The cost to receive Palliative Care services are similar to the costs the patient would incur when visiting their doctor. Depending on the patient’s insurance, Palliative Care visits commonly require a small co-pay charge per visit. You will have full knowledge of all the financial implications of the Palliative Care services prior to admission.
Palliative Care services are considered “patient directed care” first and foremost. If a patient admitted to Palliative Care decides they no longer want to receive the services, all they need to do is communicate their wish to one of their care team members and services will be concluded soon thereafter. Similarly, if the patient wants to restart Palliative Care services, a phone call is all it takes.
Primary and palliative teams can provide many services that are generally available to patients within a physician’s clinic. Here is a list of some of the most commonly provided services:
Our excellent Palliative Care Coordinators are standing by and are ready to assist you today. You can start the process to begin receiving Palliative Care simply by filling out this form or by calling one of our Palliative Care Coordinators at (480) 607-0606. We look forward to serving you.
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The Sage Palliative Care team of Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practicing Nurses are caring, loving, and top in their practice fields. They are supported by an equally dedicated back-office team that ensures our patients’ needs and goals are met daily.
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