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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palliative care can be provided in many settings — a private home, a nursing home, assisted living facility, or a hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palliative care can occur at any point in life, for any duration, and it can occur in conjunction with curative care.
Talk to your doctor about ordering a palliative care consultation for you or someone you’re caring for.