If you or someone you love lives with a serious or complex illness, palliative care can help, regardless of your age or the stage of the illness. Community Palliative Care, a program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, is a consultative service to help you find relief from pain, symptoms and stress and achieve your goals of care.
Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps people with a variety of serious illnesses find a better quality of life. A palliative care professional works with you, your loved ones and your physician to create a plan of care that offers relief from physical, emotional and spiritual pain, symptoms and stress. They explain your choices and ensure your needs and wishes are honored.
Community Palliative Care professionals focus not just on relieving pain and symptoms. Our team members also can help you with important decision-making and establishing goals of care.
It’s important to know that palliative care is not the same as hospice care. While both focus on comfort and support for the family, palliative care is available at any stage of an illness, and you can get it while receiving curative treatments. Palliative care also does not take the place of your primary-care physician, but instead works alongside your provider.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance cover the cost of Community Palliative Care services. A co-payment may apply. However, no one is ever denied care based on an inability to pay.
For patients receiving care in the hospital, your attending physician can request a palliative consultation. One of our specially trained physicians or nurse practitioners will meet with you and your loved ones to help you make important choices about your care. Then they will work with your physician to develop the best treatment plan.
Community Palliative Care services are available at these locations:
This consumer-friendly website is a great resource for all of your questions about palliative care. It offers extensive interactive tools, including a video library and quiz to help you decide if palliative care is right for you.
Produced by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, this site offers easy-to-understand information about palliative and hospice care, with stories from patients who experienced a better quality of life as a result of receiving this care.
This pioneering organization for palliative care information and advocacy provides a wealth of resources designed for providers, payers and policymakers.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including palliative care programs.