Palliative care helps people feel better by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual problems that may arise with a serious illness. It can also reduce or eliminate the side effects from medical treatments.

Palliative care is available to patients of all ages, at any stage of a serious illness. It is not only for patients with terminal conditions. Learn more about the differences between palliative care and hospice.

Effective palliative care starts with a conversation about the patient's goals and wishes. For example, people experience pain differently. Listening throughout the palliative care journey helps us manage pain and side effects at a level acceptable to the patient.

Improving quality of life by treating or managing:

  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Other symptoms that lead to distress

Families are also included in palliative support services

  • Help patients, family and friends with the emotional and spiritual aspects of dying.
  • Coaching for family caregivers
  • Offer respite care, sometimes called relief care, when caregivers need a break or care becomes too complex
  • Pre-bereavement and grief counseling

Referrals for palliative care

If you or a loved one are concerned about current levels of pain or side effects, you may benefit from an extra lay er of help from palliative care. Ask you doctor for a referral. Most insurance covers all or part of palliative care, just like other hospital or medical services.

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

Contact us at a local location 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We're here to listen and help you find palliative care that fits your needs.