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Palliative Medicine of Southern Maryland

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people who suffer from symptoms of chronic illnesses. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a chronic disease, and it can be provided together with curative treatments. Palliative care is patient centered and focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and his or her loved ones. Palliative Medicine of Southern Maryland’s team works together with a patient’s physician to provide an additional layer of support.

Who pays for palliative care?

Palliative care services are covered by Medicare Part B and most private insurance plans and is billed as a physician visit.

How do I know if palliative care is right for me?

Palliative care might be a good choice for you if you are suffering from a chronic illness and need help managing symptoms related to that disease.

Illnesses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Dementia
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer

How do I access palliative care services in Calvert County?

Palliative Medicine of Southern Maryland currently offers consults at the following locations:

  • Calvert Health (hospital)
  • Calvert Internal Medicine Group (Prince Frederick office)
  • Calvert County Nursing Center
  • Solomons Nursing Center
  • Asbury Solomons

Please call our Palliative Care team at (410) 535-0412 with any questions or appointment requests. To email, click here. We are here to help.

Watch our educational seminar with Dr. Stephanie Carpenter to learn more about palliative care and how it can help you.