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.

If you or someone you know could benefit from palliative care, please call  541-882-2902.