Frequently Asked Questions
Where services are provided?
Services are provided in the hospital, clinic or where you currently live depending on your need. The goal of the Palliative Care team is to stay with you wherever you reside to help express your goals and plan of care.
Do I have to be dying to use Palliative Care?
No. Palliative Care is for people experiencing any stage of an ongoing medical condition. You do not have to be dying to receive a doctor's order. Often Palliative Care is best used early in an illness so decisions can be made from the start and a clear plan of action can be determined.
How can I request Palliative Care services? A doctor's order is required to receive Palliative Care services. If you are interested in Palliative Care for yourself or a loved one, talk with your current physician or call (319)369-7909 to receive further assistance.
What is the benefit of Palliative Care? The healthcare system can be complex. Our team wants to ensure you receive the care you need. Palliative Care assists with communication between many specialists to ensure your voice is heard. We help you and your family cope with issues that can be quite complex.
What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice? Palliative Care is for any stage of a serious illness - you do not have to be terminal. Hospice is for someone at the end of life who has been given a diagnosis of six months or less to live.
Where can I find more resources about Palliative Care?
PODCAST EPISODE: Palliative Care
Dr. James Bell, medical director for St . Luke's Palliative Care, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss what is Palliative Care, who it's for, services they provide, how it differs from Hospice care and more.