Palliative Care

Quality of Life Matters

If you’re living with a chronic or complex illness, you need unique support. Conditions like cancer, advanced heart disease, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease require care that addresses both medical and emotional issues. Our Palliative Care Program helps you manage your symptoms for increased comfort and quality of life.


What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a special kind of care for people who have a serious medical issue. It focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms while addressing the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of you, your family members and caregivers.

The goal of palliative care is to provide the best quality of life for patients and families living with serious illness. It is not disease- or age-specific.

What's the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

Palliative care is focused on relief of pain and other symptoms while addressing the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of you and your family. Palliative care can be provided at the same time as curative treatment – it goes beyond senior care and home care because it's provided to people of all ages at a variety of different locations.

Hospice care, on the other hand, is intended for patients who have a life expectancy of 6 months or less, who are no longer focusing on curative treatment.

What are the benefits of palliative care?

  • Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
  • Emotional support for you and your family
  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and troubled sleep
  • Improved ability to carry on with your daily life

Who provides palliative care?

A typical palliative care team includes a physician, social worker, spiritual counselor, pharmacist, nurses and specialists. If needed, a therapist, dietitian or Home Health Aide may be added to your team as well.

Where can I receive palliative care?

Palliative care clinical teams are available at hospitals and many clinics.  Palliative home care can also be provided, at home, in assisted living facilities, and in long-term care facilities.

How is palliative care paid for?

There are three ways to pay for palliative care services:

  1. Private or out-of-pocket payment
  2. Private insurance
  3. Medicare or Medicaid

Keep in mind not all private insurances cover palliative care services. Medicare and Medicaid also have specific requirements that must be met before they will pay for palliative care.

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