Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis.
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
- Treats pain and other symptoms
- Coordinates care among specialists
- Educates patients and families
- Provides emotional and spiritual support for patients and families
- Assists with advanced care planning
Palliative care is offered directly to patients and their families as a consultative service in partnership with the patient’s primary healthcare provider.
Our practice is a member of Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC), a large multi-specialty physician group serving Upstate South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. MGC doctors are dedicated to meeting your healthcare needs, from wellness and prevention to the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why palliative care?
Studies show that palliative care improves quality of life for people with serious illness, by offering expert medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support. Palliative care helps patients feel better and remain more active and independent.
Who is appropriate for palliative care?
Patients may be any age and may be in any stage of illness. Anyone with a serious illness (such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or other long-term or advanced illness) can benefit from palliative care.
How do I pay for palliative care?
We accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance payments. However, eligibility for this service is not based on your insurance coverage or ability to pay.
Where do I go for palliative care?
You can receive palliative care in the home, a clinic setting, a nursing facility or in the hospital.
Who makes up the palliative care team?
Palliative care is provided by an experienced team, which includes a palliative medicine physician, a nurse practitioner, a medical social worker, an advance care planner and a chaplain. The palliative care team works with the patient’s physician and the hospital staff.
Who can refer?
The patient’s physician, nurse, case manager, social worker, family member or the patient may ask for a consultation with the palliative care team.
To speak with someone about the benefits of palliative care, call 864-560-3969 and ask to speak with a palliative care staff member.