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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Palliative Care?

Generally, medicine focuses on curing disease. Unfortunately, some health conditions cannot be cured. In those situations, the focus should turn to making living with the disease as comfortable as possible. Palliative care aims to help you and your family maintain the best quality of life despite your illness by addressing the physical, practical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs associated with your illness. Palliative care focuses on the entire person, not just his or her illness. We understand that people with serious illnesses can be frightened and unsure when making medical decisions. We also understand that there is not one right or wrong decision that is appropriate for everyone, and that your needs and wishes may change with time. Palliative care teams are very good communicators. They stress the importance of communication between you, your family and your doctors in order to ensure that your needs are fully met. These include establishing goals for your care, helping you in making decisions, and coordinating your medical care. The palliative care team supports your family members and caregivers as well to help ease some of their stress.
If I receive palliative care, will I still receive medical treatment?

Yes, medical treatment is an important part of palliative care. Medical treatment for palliative care patients is aimed at managing the symptoms associated with the illness. This can often be delivered along with treatments aimed at curing the disease. The Balsam team identifies sources of discomfort (such as fatigue, nausea, pain, constipation) and treats them to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible. Treatment can also include medications to treat side effects of medical treatments or psychological or emotional issues such as insomnia or depression.
When should I contact a palliative care provider?

Accessing palliative care as early as possible can make things easier for you, your carers, and family. It is best to make contact with a palliative care team early on to understand what services they provide. Even if you decide that you do not need palliative care services initially, you can become familiar with what is available if your needs change down the road.
If I decide to start palliative care, does that mean I'm "giving up?"

No. Palliative care aims at making you and your loved ones comfortable and helps you achieve the best possible quality of life. It's not about "giving up" and it's not about dying. It's about living life to the fullest regardless of your disease and regardless of how sick you may be.
If I start receiving palliative care, do I have to stop seeing my primary physician?

No. Your primary care physician can remain involved in your care if this is what you and your physician want. Balsam's team of healthcare professionals will coordinate your plan of care with your primary care physician and any other medical specialists who have been involved in your care in the past.
Do I have to pay for the services?

No. All the services provided by Balsam are free of charge. This includes home visits by healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses) and use of medical equipment. However, there are some instances when you or your family may need to contribute to the cost of care:
  • If you need to use specialized equipment at home unavailable through Balsam, you may need to rent or buy them.
  • You will need to buy your regular medications.
  • If you require nursing care around the clock, you may need to organize and pay for your own nursing staff.
How can I receive palliative care?

Your primary care physician can refer you to Balsam by contacting a member of our staff. You can also request care directly by contacting our staff or having a friend or relative contact us. The Balsam team will then meet with you and/or your family to decide together how we can best support you.
Where do I receive palliative care provided by Balsam?

Balsam currently provides care to patients in their homes. If a patient is admitted to a hospital, Balsam team members continue to support the patient and family during the hospitalization.
Does Balsam provide medical equipment?

Some people may need medical equipment to allow them to avoid frequent visits to the hospital. For example, people who have difficulty getting out of bed may benefit from a hospital bed that allows them to change positions and allows their caregivers to assist them with moving and bathing. Balsam provides medical equipment to support people who would like to remain in their homes despite the limitations of their disease. Basic equipment such as hospital beds, nebulizer machines, wheelchairs, IVs, walkers and air mattresses are readily available and will be delivered to your home. In situations when equipment is not available at Balsam, we will support you and your family by directing you to a reliable vendor.





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