What is palliative care?

To palliate means to make comfortable by treating a person’s symptoms from an illness. Hospice and palliative care both focus on helping a person be comfortable by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. Hospice and other palliative care providers have teams of people working together to provide care. The goals of palliative care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment.

Do you have to be on hospice to receive palliate care?

No. Palliative care can be given at any point during a serious illness. Mission communities have your well-being in mind and offer a variety of services to help you improve your quality of life. Services like pain management and social services programs.

The “carepartners” in our communities are trained to not only care for your physical well-being, but are trained to help you with care for the whole person.