Palliative care helps people feel better by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual problems that may arise with a serious illness. Effective support begins with honest conversations about the patient's goals and priorities.
Palliative care is available to patients of all ages, at any stage of a serious illness. It is not just for patients with terminal conditions. Learn the differences between palliative care and hospice.
Managing symptoms related to the palliative diagnosis
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Other symptoms that lead to distress
Care also includes:
- Advanced care planning
- Spiritual care and medical social services
- Coordinating care that aligns with your values
If you or a loved one are concerned about complex symptoms related to a serious illness, you may benefit from an extra layer of support. Ask your doctor for a palliative care consultation. Medicare and many other types of insurance typically cover palliative care consultations.
Referrals are most common from these conditions:
- Heart disease
- COPD and other lung diseases
- Kidney failure
- Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- Liver disease
- Parkinson's disease
- ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
- Eosinophil-Associated Disease (EAD)
- Huntington's disease