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Palliative
Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care provides pain and symptom relief in the home and can begin at any stage of a serious illness for any age of patient.  Palliative care can be used with or without curative and life-prolonging treatments.  In addition, it can be provided to those with a terminal or non-terminal illness.

What services does palliative care include?

  • Ongoing assessment of condition, goals, wishes and needs.

  • Family support and education.

  • Coordination of care with your primary care physician and specialists.

  • Assistance with advanced care planning.

  • Home visits from a nurse practitioner.

  • Support services related to grief and loss, spirituality, and dietary needs.

  • Care provided at any place that is called home.

Who is eligible for palliative care?

  • Patients must be referred to palliative care by their physician.

  • Patients must have had multiple emergency room visits or hospital admissions in the prior 6 months.

  • Patients have become home bound for more than 2 weeks and/or have seen a significant health decline in the prior 30 days.