Adult Palliative Care

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Palliative Care

Overview

Palliative care is a specialized type of care to relieve the anxiety and difficulties faced by patients and their families as they cope with a serious, complex, or chronic illness. Palliative care meets you and your significant others where you are to provide an extra layer of education, comfort, and support.

Your Care Team

Palliative Physician
Palliative Physician
Palliative Physician

A doctor specializing in palliative medicine provides care and support as you and your loved ones face the many challenges of living with a serious illness.

Palliative Nurse Practitioner
Palliative Nurse Practitioner
Palliative Nurse Practitioner

Palliative nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who treat your symptoms from a serious, complex, chronic or life-threatening illness. Palliative care nurse practitioners are skilled clinicians ready to treat a wide range of symptoms.

Palliative Medical Social Worker
Palliative Medical Social Worker
Palliative Medical Social Worker

Palliative care medical social workers address a client’s physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being in all disease stages and may act as an advocate with medical providers.

Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse

Nurse with a special interest in pain relief, comfort and support. Promoting these aspects of care through the cooperation of friends and/or family and collaboration with the medical team.

FAQ

Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. It also provides patients with much-needed education regarding advance care planning and their disease and its prognosis. Patients living with cancer or kidney disease, for example, may receive palliative care.

Palliative care can begin at diagnosis and be administered alongside treatment. Patients receive collaborative care under their primary care and specialist teams. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care and hospice care both provide comfort to patients by helping them manage pain and other symptoms. Both forms help support patients and their families and look to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Although palliative care and hospice care share several important similarities, there are also important distinctions between the two.

Palliative care can begin at diagnosis and be administered alongside treatment. Hospice care is compassionate care that prioritizes the quality of life for patients with advanced or life-limiting illnesses. Relief-based rather than curative, it helps patients manage pain and other symptoms, with an emphasis on providing dignity and supporting a peaceful end-of-life experience.

If you are experiencing a life-limiting illness but still wish to receive curative treatment for your diagnosis, palliative care is a way for you to access additional medical, emotional, and spiritual support. Talk to your family and your doctor about whether palliative care might improve your quality of life.

With palliative care, patients receive physical, emotional, and spiritual support. The care team focuses on relieving pain and symptoms such as anxiety, shortness of breath, nausea, and depression. They also will help the patient decide the next steps: the plan and goals of care.

Working together with the patient’s primary doctor, our palliative care team provides:

  • Close communication
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the health care system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
  • Emotional and spiritual support

Many private health insurance plans and long-term care policies provide some coverage for palliative care as part of their hospice or chronic care benefits. Medicare Part B may cover some treatments and medications that provide palliative care, including visits from doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers. Please ask your insurance provider for details regarding your coverage.

Still wondering

Is Palliative Care the Answer?

Our palliative care providers are available to make assessments in doctors’ offices, hospitals, skilled nursing homes, and patients’ private homes. As a preliminary step to help you determine if palliative care is right for you or a loved one, we have developed this brief assessment. You should also consult the patient’s physician to discuss the best options.

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Do you still have questions?

We are here to help.

Following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, you’ll likely have questions, especially as your needs change. If you or a loved one has recently encountered a health change like this, it can be a good idea to consider in-home care for extra guidance and assistance along the way. If you are seeking curative treatments for your illness, palliative care is worth considering.

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