Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized care for individuals with serious illness. Palliative care focuses on pain, stress and symptom management due to a serious illness. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for the patient and their families.

Medical conditions that we support include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Dementia (Alzheimer’s, etc.)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    … and many more.

How can Palliative Care help?

The palliative care team is an additional layer of support. We work with your primary doctor on difficult issues, such as:

  • Available treatment options
  • Advance directives
  • Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Fears
  • Spiritual tension

What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Palliative care can be provided for anyone with a serious illness, at any age and any stage of the illness. You can receive palliative care along with curative treatment, therefore it is not dependent on prognosis.

Hospice programs focus on easing pain and discomfort associated with life-limiting illness, when the prognosis of the illness is six (6) months or less and curative treatment is no longer effective or the patient has elected to discontinue curative treatment.

Where can I receive Palliative Care services?

  • In-home
  • In a assisted-living facility
  • In a medical facility
  • Our program is offered in Kanawha, Putnam, Nicholas, Fayette, Clay and Jackson counties.