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Supportive Palliative Care

The issues surrounding a serious illness can be difficult to manage. Palliative Care can add another layer of support. If you or a loved one has a serious or life-limiting illness, you may benefit from palliative care. Our specialized medical care team focuses on symptom control and relief, our top priority is to help you restore your quality of life and remedy the pains and stresses that come with serious illness. We help you improve your ability to cope with your treatments and help you and your family make appropriate choices for your care, no matter the diagnoses or stage of your disease.
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About Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness and significant injury. It’s focused on providing relief from symptoms and stress, and its goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their loved ones. Palliative care is patient-centered, family-oriented and compassionate. It provides that extra layer of physical and emotional support throughout all stages of a serious illness or injury.

Palliative care can start the moment a patient is diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. We work continuously alongside the patient, family, and medical team. Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Blood and bone marrow disorders requiring stem cell transplant
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • End-stage liver disease
  • Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Kidney failure
  • Lung disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke

Palliative Care Services

While we focus on symptom control and relief, our top priority is to help you restore your quality of life and remedy the pains and stresses that come with a serious illness. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains work to comprehensively address the needs of a patient. You or your loved ones can take advantage of the many palliative care services.

24-Hour Support
Access to Education & Resources
Advanced Care Planning
Coordination of all Aspects of Care
Emotional and Spiritual Services
Pain Relief
Patient Advocacy
Symptom Management

Feel Supported with Your Palliative Care Team

Your palliative care team is made up of providers, nurses and social workers. Our team works closely with your regular doctors to ensure your care is well-coordinated to manage symptoms and address concerns that matter most to you. We work as a team with patients of all ages, and at all stages of a serious illness. Each patient’s team may vary based on their needs and level of care.

Our Physician develops a plan of care that emphasizes what is most important to have the best possible quality of life.
Our Nurses provide thorough symptom assessment and management and help patients & families make informed decisions.
Medical Social Worker
Our Medical Social Worker develops a road map to help you and your family make the right decisions throughout your care.
Home Health Aide
Our Home Health Aides help with day-to-day tasks and teach patients ways to care for themselves despite illness or disability.
Our chaplain is available as needed to provide guidance and answer any spiritual questions.

Our Difference

We hold ourselves to the highest standard of excellence as a healthcare leader on the West Coast. Our goal is to offer superior care and services that redefine industry standards, exceed patients' expectations in a caring, convenient, and cost-effective manner.
24/7 Availability
Continuum of Care
Family Values
Nationally Recognized Care
Centralized Admissions
Innovative Care Technology
Unmatched Clinical Excellence

Benefits of Palliative Care

The goal of Palliative Care is to improve patient and family quality of life and well-being from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of illness. It is focused on providing you with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness. There are several benefits to choosing palliative care to help you wherever you are in your journey.

  • Relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
  • Improves quality of life than those with traditional treatment
  • Full alignment with and amongst the care team
  • Fewer hospital readmissions and lower costs of care
  • Better understanding of your conditions and choices for medical care
  • Puts the patient’s desires, goals, and decisions first
  • Helps relieve stress often experienced by the family

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Palliative Care different from Hospice?

Palliative Care (also called “comfort care”) is for people at any stage in their illness. The illness does not have to be life-threatening. Hospice is typically for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Patients may also start or continue curative treatments while receiving Palliative care.

Do I keep my current doctor?

Yes, a person enrolled in a Palliative Care program will continue to be supported by their primary care physician. Our Palliative Care team will work alongside your primary doctor to provide quality care and symptom management.

When is Palliative Care appropriate?

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone at any age at any stage of serious illness. You can benefit from palliative care as soon as you receive a diagnosis and/or begin treatment.

Where will I receive Palliative Care?

Palliative care can be provided in many settings — a private home, a nursing home, assisted living facility, or a hospital.

Are Palliative Care services covered by my insurance?

Yes, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover all or part of your Palliative Care. For more information, please ask your insurance provider.

How do I know Palliative Care is right for me?

Palliative care is right for you if you have a serious illness, regardless of age or illness level. Serious illnesses include but are not limited to: cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzeheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and many more.

Can I still receive curative treatments while using Palliative Care?

Definitely! Palliative Care helps ease the side effects of curative treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Palliative Care also provides relief from the patient and symptoms of serious illness. It does not take the place of treatment from your current doctors, nor does it mean you can no longer seek treatment.

What does a Palliative Doctor do that’s different from what my other doctors do?

Other doctors focus on your general health or treating your disease or condition. Palliative doctors and nurse practitioners focus on alleviating pain and symptoms, improving your quality of life, and helping you and your loved one cope with the stress and burden of your illness.

How long can you receive Palliative Care?

Palliative care can occur at any point in life, for any duration, and it can occur in conjunction with curative care.

How do I ask for a referral?

Talk to your doctor about ordering a palliative care consultation for you or someone you’re caring for.


Get Started With Palliative Care

We know you have a choice. We offer in-home care around the clock with nurses on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or your loved one feel palliative care would be helpful, our clinicians are dedicated to delivering quality care and helping you and your family. Find a location near you.

Find Care That's Close to You.

With a footprint in 7 states, we deliver care in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Mission Healthcare offers a full range of home health, hospice and palliative care services focusing on the needs of the patient and their family. Our experienced care teams come to you or your loved one wherever you call home. If you or a loved one could benefit from skilled home health care, hospice care or palliative care, our professionals can provide a customized, comprehensive patient-centric program of care and support. Easily search by location to find services near you.
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