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What is palliative care and can you be turned away from it?

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After a lot of issues with my grandma's doctors and hospitals I finally got in touch with a social worker who works with people like us. He is having the hospital check out grandma and after being checked out by one of their doctors, he explained that he is referring us for an evaluation for palliative care. I'm still not 100% positive about what that is, but I'm scared that she's going to be turned away because that seems to be the trend with these doctors. Any help is good help at this point. Am I wrong to be worried? What is palliative care exactly?

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That's what I'm trying to do with my wife. A new face in the house a few days each week. I'll let you know how it goes..: ))
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AgingCare has a couple of articles that may be helpful for you:

www.agingcare.com/articles/palliative-care-what-is-it-and-how-is-it-different-from-hospice-197744.htm

www.agingcare.com/articles/Palliative-Care-How-it-Can-Help-Your-Aging-Parent-Achieve-Quality-of-Life-136281.htm
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Palliative is care that is aimed at maintenance and comfort, instead of curing. Many older people are on palliative care. They are getting medications to control problems, e.g. blood pressure, diabetes, and pain. However, no one is looking for way to heal the problems. It can be very good, since there is no cure for old age. Things like infections will still be treated and there would be no effect on entering the hospital. Palliative care done by a doctor is not the same as that done by hospice.

I would chance to say that most very elderly people are on palliative care even if the doctor doesn't call it that. My mother is.
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