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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does concierge palliative care mean?
    We provide expert level palliative care home visits and consultations for patients in New York City at all stages of the dying process. Our nurse practitioner will meet with you either in person or via telehealth to discuss medical options to control your pain and suffering. Our LCSW provides therapeutic counseling and emotional support around the dying process, using guided meditation, imagery, chanting, and other therapeutic modalities if requested. We help to maximize quality of life in the present, to plan for the future, and to meet your needs at all stages of illness. Please reach out to us for further information.
  • What is Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED)?
    VSED is when a terminally ill, mentally capable individual decides to control their own dying by making a conscious decision to refuse food and fluid of any kind, including artificial nutrition and/or hydration, in order to advance the time of their death. VSED is a legal option to advance the time of death in New York State.
  • Isn’t VSED painful?
    With the right support, a determined and well-informed individual can comfortably choose the end-of-life option of VSED.
  • What is Medical Aid in Dying?
    Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) is a law that allows a terminally ill person to receive a prescription for a cocktail of medications that will end their lives. The terminally ill person must be able to orally ingest the medication cocktail themselves, or else push a plunger to administer it rectally or via a feeding tube. The person must also possess the full mental capacity to understand what they are doing and the consequences. This option is currently not legal in New York State, though we are hopeful that pending legislation in New York will soon make MAID available to New Yorkers as well.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Some insurance plans may cover the cost of the MAID cocktail of medications. Our Quietus concierge palliative care services are private-pay only. No one will be turned away for lack of the ability to pay, and we do have a sliding scale. Please reach out to us to discuss your particular situation.
  • What if I can’t afford your fees?
    We have a sliding scale. If you are in need of our services and cannot afford our fees, we can discuss this with you. We hope to offer MAID to all terminally ill patients who desire to elect this option. No one will be turned away for lack of the ability to pay. Please reach out to us to discuss your particular situation.
  • What is your service area?
    We serve terminally ill individuals in the New York City metropolitan area. Please contact us for more information.
  • What if I change my mind?
    You can change your mind at any point in this process. The whole idea of MAID is to give terminally ill people ultimate control over their own lives and deaths. We should all have this right as human beings, but it is completely up to you whether you exercise this right or not. We merely provide you with the option.
  • Why should I use your company?
    Our NP and LCSW both have a combined 30 years of experience with death and dying. We offer Medical Aid in Dying with the compassion and wisdom that comes from years of clinical expertise. Once you get to know us, you’ll understand.
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