What is Palliative Care?


Palliative CarePalliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious and/or chronic illnesses. It is a service that improves the quality of people’s lives when they are diagnosed with these illnesses.

This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness—regardless of their diagnosis. It also addresses advanced care planning, so that patients can help their families understand what their wishes are at a time when they may not be able to make those decisions.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness—not only provided at the end of life—and can be provided together with curative, disease-directed care treatments.

When is Palliative Care Appropriate?

Palliative care is appropriate for patients of any age and at any stage of serious illness when there is a need for additional pain and symptom management, individualized support or assistance with medical decision making.

Our goal is to make our patients as comfortable as possible—physically, emotionally and spiritually. Palliative care services are available to all patients, regardless of age, diagnosis, prognosis or location within the hospital.