Palliative care nurse on home visit.

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
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • 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

Referrals for palliative care

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:

  • Cancer
  • 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

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