Signs Your Loved One Should Be Offered Palliative Care

Palliative care is an extra layer of support for you and your family. It offers relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness while supporting your desire to remain in your home. Palliative care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance policies.

Signs a patient may be ready for palliative care

  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits — two or more in last 6 months
  • Uncontrolled symptoms — pain, dyspnea, depression, fatigue, etc. – despite optimal medical management
  • A person has entered the end-stage of a life-limiting illness such as dementia, central nervous system disease, cancer, renal disease, COPD, heart failure, liver disease, septic shock or major trauma
  • Functional decline, including unexplained weight loss, loss of mobility, frequent falls, skin breakdown, etc.
  • A permanent feeding tube is being considered

If you believe your loved one may be ready for palliative care, call us for a no-obligation consultation. We can arrange for an assessment by a medical director or a nurse with specialized training.

Visit our palliative care page for locations or more information.