Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for individuals diagnosed with serious illness. Palliative care  helps to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of living with a serious illness.

Palliative Care can be an “extra layer of support” to improve a person’s quality of life, to help manage pain and symptoms, and to offer emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and family.

It can help make everyday life the best it can be.

What is Palliatve Care?

Here are commonly asked questions and answers.

Start a Palliative Care Discussion

middle aged white woman with gray hairConsumers and care providers can start a meaningful palliative care discussion at first diagnosis of a serious illness using these handy discussion guides below.

For Consumers. "Palliative Care: 5 Things to Talk About With Your Care Providers" Discussion Guide

You, your family members and caregivers can start a discussion with your doctors, nurses or health care providers about palliative care. Here's a handy discussion guide you can bring to your next care provider visit. The guide is based on a person's right to have adequate information about your illness and treatment options to make informed choices, to direct your care goals and make a care plan, and ensure your care providers know and honor your values and choices. You can ask one question or a few questions — whatever is right for you. The guide can be used all through your serious illness journey.  Download and read "Palliative Care: 5 Things To Talk About With Your Care Providers"

For Care Providers. "Palliative Care: 5 Things to Talk About With Your Patients & Clients" Discussion Guide

Clinicians, nurses, social workers, care managers and other care providers can start a palliative care discussion with their patients and clients. This is the same discussion guide we offer to consumers with the questions mirrored from the care providers perspective. You can ask one question or several to open up a discussion. Offer the guide to you patients and clients to have effective discussions all through an individual's serious illness journey.  Click here "Palliative Care: 5 Things To Talk About With Your Patients & Clients"

The Fact Sheet & Discussion Guide Work Together

The  downloadable "What is Palliative Care?' fact sheet and  "5 Things To Talk About..." Discussion Guide work hand-in-hand to provide basic information to start a palliative care discussion. Consumers and Care Providers can print and use at the next visit.

Download the Fact Sheet PDF for Consumers

Download the Fact Sheet PDF for Care Providers