• Palliative Care

  • Providing Support When it is Needed Most

    Centura Health’s palliative care program specializes in the relief from pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families.

    Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that offer coordinated care to address a patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes. This care may be provided along with other medical treatment.

    The palliative care team works with the patient’s doctors, nurses and other care providers to provide compassionate care at times of critical need. The team helps patients and families identify goals of care, provide guidance for difficult treatment choices and assists with advance care planning.

    Is palliative care the same as hospice care?

    No. Hospice is only one aspect of palliative care and is meant for those nearing the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness.

    Who is eligible for palliative care?

    Palliative care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a progressive, chronic, critical or life-threatening illness. It includes but is not limited to patients with:

    • Cancer
    • Heart failure
    • Severe diabetes
    • Stroke
    • Kidney failure
    • Advanced Alzheimer’s disease
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Patients with a lack of response to curative therapies
    • Spiritual and/or emotional distress

    Patients receiving treatment for their illness are eligible for palliative care.

    Services provided by palliative care:

    • Manage difficult symptoms associated with illness
    • Manage side effects associated with current treatment
    • Address changing goals of care
    • Help patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
    • Help interpret the benefits/burdens of care (tests, surgeries, radiation)
    • Enhance patient and family support
    • Provide spiritual and emotional support
    • Assist with advance care planning (living wills and appointing a decision maker)
    • Assist with discharge planning, home care, extended care or hospice
    • Grief counseling and bereavement support

    How may I access palliative care services?

    The palliative care team is available Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. To request a palliative care consultation, discuss your wishes with your physician to obtain a referral.