Palliative Care

Director Sean Reed explains what palliative care is and the services offered by the palliative care team at Centura Health.

Centura Health palliative care teams collaborate with the patient’s primary care provider and offers compassionate care at times of critical need. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients, right in the comfort of their own home.

Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals who address a patient’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes. This care may be provided along with other medical treatment.

  • Palliative Care Team

    Our teams are focused on enhancing the quality of life and helps patients and families identify goals of care, provide guidance for difficult treatment choices and assists with advance care planning.

    The palliative care team collaborates with the referring physician and treats the whole person – body, mind, and soul to increase the quality of life for patients and families. Palliative care focuses on the human experience and can enhance and complement the patient’s current plan of care. For some patients, additional home health services may be appropriate, including home care, telehealth or hospice.

    The palliative care team is made up of an interdisciplinary staff to address patient and family goals.

    • Advanced Practice Nurse/Registered Nurse
    • Case Manager/Social Worker
    • Physician
    • Chaplain
    • Other healthcare providers as needed
  • Palliative Care Services

    Services provided by palliative care team:

    • Collaborates with the primary care doctor/referring physician to relieve difficult symptoms associated with illness
    • Manage side effects associated with current treatment
    • Address changing goals of care
    • Help patients consider care options and make decisions about quality of life
    • Help interpret the benefits/burdens of treatments (tests, surgeries, radiation)
    • Enhance patient and family support
    • Provide spiritual and emotional support
    • Assist with care planning options including home care, rehabilitation, telehealth, long term care or hospice
    • Assist with discharge palnning, home care, extended care or hospice
    • Grief counseling and bereavement support
  • Palliative Care FAQ's

    Q. When is the right time to consider palliative care?
    Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness, at any age. Pediatric palliative care is offered through The Butterfly Program.

    Q. Who is eligible for palliative care?
    Palliative care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a progressive, chronic, critical or life-threatening illness. This includes but is not limited to patients with:

    • Cancer
    • Heart failure
    • Severe diabetes
    • Stroke
    • Kidney failure
    • Advanced Alzheimer's disease
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Patients with a lack of response to curative therapies
    • Spiritual and/or emotional distress

    Q. Is there any special equipment or changes the patient has to make in the home before palliative care begins?
    No. If special equipment or special assistance is needed, a palliative care team member can coordinate with Centura Health at Home to get the resources the patient needs.

    Q. Who will come to our home?
    Any member of the palliative care team may visit including an advanced practice nurse/registered nurse, social worker, non-denominational chaplain, physician or other health care providers.

    Q. Who pays for palliative care?
    Medicare covers a portion of the cost for palliative care, however patients are responsible for co-pay.

    Q. How can a patient enroll in palliative care?
    The patient's physician needs to write an order for palliative care. Referrals can be faxed to 303-561-5300.

For more information on Palliative Care contact the Centura Health Palliative Care team.

Phone: 303-561-5193