Adventist Health

Palliative Care

Improving patients’ quality of life

Palliative care is a specialized branch of home care that provides advanced treatment to patients diagnosed with a serious, chronic or life-threatening illness. We help our patients manage the symptoms of their illnesses, which may include pain and discomfort, nausea, depression, anxiety, stress and fatigue. Some patients have difficulty breathing, eating or sleeping.

Unlike hospice, palliative care can be offered to patients of any age and at any stage of an illness. Choosing palliative care does not prevent you from seeking or receiving curative treatment. Care is provided wherever you reside, whether you’re in a private home or an assisted living facility.

Our palliative care professionals work as a team to improve your quality of life, ensure comfort and assist with medical, emotional and spiritual needs. A typical palliative care team may include:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Chaplains
  • Social workers
  • Case managers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nutritionists
  • Other providers, as required

You will need a physician’s referral

Palliative care services are typically referred by a physician. Once referred, our care team meets with you, your family and your physician to create a customized plan of care that reflects your personal healthcare goals.

If you are undergoing curative treatment in addition to palliative care, our team will work with your other medical care providers to ensure you are getting the most beneficial services possible.

For more information, or to set up palliative care services, speak to your doctor or contact your local Adventist Health agency.