Palliative Care at Pardee Hospital

Together with Four Seasons Compassion for Life, we work to improve your quality of life if you are living with a serious illness or are the caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition. Palliative care is also called supportive care and symptom management.

What is palliative care?

Serious illness can cause physical pain and emotional stress. Palliative care can provide pain and symptom relief, regardless of your prognosis. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for patients of any age, at any stage of illness. Palliative care can also be given at the same time as curative treatment.

Palliative care is often used to treat individuals with the following conditions:

  • Lung problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cystic fibrosis

  • Heart problems, such as congestive heart failure (CHF) or coronary artery disease

  • Neurological problems, such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia

  • Muscular problems, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or muscular dystrophy (MD)

  • Kidney disease

  • Cancer

What are the benefits of palliative care?

Palliative care has multiple benefits, including:

  • Improved quality of life

  • Expert symptom management

  • Holistic care to address the effects of illness on mind, body and spirit

  • Alignment of treatment with your goals

  • Partnership with your doctor to improve communication and ensure your questions are answered

  • Help with identifying community resources

  • Counseling during emotionally difficult times

  • An extra layer of support for you and your family as you cope with a serious illness

Is palliative care the same as hospice?

No. Palliative care can help relieve pain and symptoms during any stage of an illness, including during treatment to cure the disease. Hospice care is end-of-life care.

What can I expect from palliative care?

You can expect:

  • A better understanding of your medical condition and treatment options

  • Confidence that the treatment decisions you make match your health goals

  • Improved ability to carry on with your daily life

  • Relief from distressing symptoms, such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping

  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments

  • Improved ability to cope with the stress and daily challenges of living with illness

How is palliative care paid for?

Our services are provided regardless of your ability to pay. Physician consultations are normally covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Other services provided by the palliative care team are supplemented by grants and community support.

Can palliative care be provided at the same time as home health services?

Yes. Palliative care is a medical service and home health is a nursing service. There are no restrictions on having both services at the same time.

How can I get palliative care?

A doctor's order is required. Let your physician or hospital discharge planner know that you are interested in palliative care or call Four Seasons Compassion for Life for assistance at 866-466-9734.

Contact Us

If you are interested in palliative care call Four Seasons Compassion for Life for assistance at 866-466-9734.