Choosing and Finding a Palliative Care Provider

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, are having difficulty managing symptoms, or have had multiple hospitalizations or emergency room visits, palliative care may make your life and that of your family much easier. 

If you are considering palliative care, the following questions that may help you identify a provider: 

What services do you provide? What will you provide that’s different from the care I am currently receiving?

The palliative care team can vary based on where the palliative care is provided and who the provider is. Regardless of the provider you select, all good palliative care programs should have teams made up of different types of professionals (physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, dietician, pharmacist etc.). The team should work with you and your family to create a personalized plan to support your needs.

How will you work with my current healthcare providers?

When you receive palliative care, you do not give up your relationship with your current healthcare providers. Find out how the palliative care team will work with your existing medical team.

Where will the care be provided? 

Palliative care can be provided in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient palliative care clinics, or at home. Many hospitals have palliative care programs which require driving to the hospital for appointments.

If care is being provided in the home, what services will you provide?

Some palliative care programs provide care in the home. They may not offer as many services as a palliative program offered in a hospital so be sure to check what services will be provided.

Are there any criteria I must meet to be eligible to receive palliative care through your organization?


Accessing Palliative Care

Talk with your doctor about palliative care and ask for recommendations or a referral.  

Another way to find a provider is through GetPalliativeCare.org, which has a provider directory.  

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