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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care helps to relieve the discomfort, symptoms and emotional stress of serious diseases. The aim is to improve your quality of your life through comprehensive and holistic treatments delivered in the comfort of your home. Palliative care provides relief from:

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disturbances

Palliative care can also help you deal with the side effects of medical treatments you receive.

Who Needs Palliative Care?

Palliative care is for anyone diagnosed or living with a serious illnesses such as:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke

Consider palliative care if you (or your loved one):

  • Suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to any serious illness
  • Experience physical or emotional pain that is not under control
  • Need help understanding your situation and coordinating your care

What Services Does Palliative Care Provide?

  • Specialized treatment of pain and other symptoms
  • Disease education
  • Physical assessments
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Open discussion about treatment choices for your disease and symptom management
  • Coordination of your care with all of your health care providers
  • Counseling, emotional care and spiritual support for you and your family
  • Advance care planning

Who Will Care for Me?

The Mount Evans palliative care team includes nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, massage therapists, and more.

At each visit, we will identify your needs and make recommendations to support your quality of life.

With palliative care, we support you in doing what you enjoy most such as visiting family, eating out, traveling or visiting grandchildren. You are not homebound. Our care is designed to help you live a meaningful life while you receive treatment for your illness.

As part of the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice family, we can provide seamless transitions to home health and hospice care to provide you and your loved ones the support you need when you need it.

How is Palliative Care Different from Hospice Care?

Although both palliative care and hospice treat a patient’s mind, body and spirit to improve quality of life, hospice and palliative care differ in who should seek each type of care.

Palliative care is available for anyone with a serious illness, regardless of his or her life expectancy. Hospice care is generally reserved for an individual whose life expectancy is measured in months, not years.

Hospice and palliative care also differ in their treatment approaches. In hospice care, treatment is primarily aimed at relieving symptoms and controlling pain rather than seeking active, curative treatment. Palliative care and curative treatment, however, are complementary and may be pursued simultaneously.

When Should Palliative Care Begin?

Palliative care can be offered at the same time as other treatments for your illness and does not depend on the course of your disease. It’s never too early to begin palliative care.

How Do I Schedule Palliative Care?

To request a palliative care consultation, ask your doctor or nurse practitioner. You may also call Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice directly at 303-674-6400 and we’ll notify your primary care provider.