If you have a serious illness, it can feel as if you’re on a “medical train.”
One test or treatment quickly leads to the next, and soon you can feel as though the train is speeding down the tracks. You’re not sure how you got there or what comes next.
An EvergreenHealth Palliative Medicine consultation is like a stop at a train station. It’s a chance to get off the medical train, get comfortable, and plan the rest of the journey.
Palliative medicine consultation
You and your palliative medicine provider will begin by discussing your symptoms—whether it’s pain, fatigue, shortness of breath or anything else—and then you'll work together to make sure those symptoms are being managed as well as possible.
Then you’ll look at the “map” of your medical care together, you’ll clarify what “track” of medical treatment you’re on, and you’ll begin to plan for what lies ahead.
Sometimes, after looking at the map, you might decide to stay on that track or change course, based what’s most important to you.
Your palliative medicine provider will then work to ensure that everyone involved in your care is reading the same map.
Learn more about palliative medicine in this podcast with Dr. Hope Wechkin and Dr. Laura Johnson. Read a transcript of the podcast
Where can I receive palliative medicine services?
Palliative medicine services are offered in three locations:
- in our office
- in your home, if you can't come to the office
- while you're a patient at EvergreenHealth Medical Center
Who pays for palliative medicine?
Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans provide a specific benefit.
The Palliative Medicine team will help with any questions you may have.
What our patients say about palliative medicine
“It was hard to think about what was ahead for me and my family. I felt overwhelmed, and I didn’t know where to start. Palliative medicine helped me find my way.”
“I had pretty bad nausea and pain with cancer treatment. Palliative medicine helped get my symptoms under control, so I could get my life back. Along the way, we clarified what was most important for the future.”