Palliative Care Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, with a focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. Palliative care’s goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. It can begin at the time of the diagnosis and continue with aggressive treatments.

The chart that follows shows details about hospice and palliative care. If you have questions, please give us a call or fill out the online form found on the Referrals page.

Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice Services

Provides care to patients with a life-limiting illness. Care is patient-centered and focused on promoting quality end-of-life.

Palliative Care Program

Provides care to patients with life-threatening, severe, advanced illness or decline. Care is particularly focused on patient and family-directed goals of easing suffering and promoting quality of life.

Admissions Criteria

  • Life-limiting illness of six months or less
  • Physician who is willing to work with the hospice team

Admission Criteria

  • Serious illness and uncontrolled symptoms
  • Seeking curative treatment
  • Physician willing to work with the palliative care team

Settings

Hospice can visit patients at home, in a long-term care facility or in the hospital.

Settings

Palliative can see patients at home, in a long-term care facility or in the hospital.

Services Provided

  • 24-hour On-Call Staff
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Grief Support & Bereavement
  • Registered Nurse
  • Volunteers
  • Counseling Service
  • Chaplain Services
  • Physician/Nurse Practitioner services
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Patient/Family Education

Services Provided

  • Consultation
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Physician/NP services
  • Interdisciplinary Team
  • Social Worker and/or Chaplain, as Needed

Payment

  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Most Private Insurances
  • Services Provided, Regardless of Ability to Pay

Payment

  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Services, Regardless of Ability to Pay
  • Most Private Insurance

Additional Services & Benefits Available

  • Medical Equipment
  • Related Prescription Medications
  • Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy