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Frequent Questions

Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by patients and families. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Will palliative care replace my doctor?

    No. Talbot Palliative Care provides consultative services - a nurse practitioner will work with the patient's community providers to develop a treatment plan.

  2. Where do I see the palliative care practitioner?

    The nurse practitioner goes out to the patient's home (or long-term care facility) to see the patient.

  3. Does insurance cover palliative care?

    Most insurances cover palliative care practitioner visits. It is billed as if you were going to a provider office.

  4. A patient can receive services from both the palliative care and Pathways programs simultaneously. They are two separate programs with no overlap of services. Read more about these programs here.

  5. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious illness. Individuals on palliative care can still be receiving treatments such as chemotherapy or dialysis. Read more about the differences here.

  6. Is palliative care different from home health?

    Palliative care is provided by a licensed practitioner with special training and experience in palliative care who provides treatment recommendations. Home health is typically provided by nurses and rehabilitation professionals.

  7. Can I receive home health and palliative care at the same time?

    Yes, they are two difference services. Talbot Palliative Care works in conjunction with your current, traditional treatment modalities.

  8. Can I continue curative treatments while receiving palliative care?

    Yes, you can continue to seek treatment for your illness and receive palliative care. Palliative care can be utilized with traditional or curative care.

  9. How do I become a patient with Talbot Palliative Care?

    In order to become a patient of Talbot Palliative Care, we would need a referral from your community provider. You can contact them yourself and ask them to send us a referral, or you can call us and we can contact your provider on your behalf.