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Palliative Care

Ridgeview offers palliative care services to patients dealing with serious (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) medical problems. This "extra layer of support" focuses on relieving suffering and improving the quality of life, concurrent with life-prolonging treatments. Our palliative care team will develop a plan of care for the whole person and familymind, body and spiritand sees patients and their families in both the clinic and hospital settings.

Palliative care services include:

  • Symptom management
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their loved ones
  • Guidance through difficult medical decisions

Palliative care services are often provided to patients with the following medical conditions (but not limited to):

  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease (COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.)
  • Congestive heart failure or other serious heart conditions
  • Renal (kidney) failure
  • Liver failure
  • Neurodegenerative (dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s)
  • Stroke

Ridgeview’s Palliative Care Team

Ridgeview’s palliative care team works with each patient to meet his/her individual needs, providing:

  • Complex symptom management (i.e., pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, poor appetite)
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones
  • Decisional support such as discussing “goals of care” and future decisions, including the completion of a Health Care Directive

Our multi-disciplinary palliative care team includes a specially-trained palliative care physician, an advanced practice registered nurse and a spiritual health professional (chaplain).

When to Consider Palliative Care

Referrals for palliative care services are made by the patient's physician or hospitalist when there is a serious illness (life-limiting or potentially life-limiting) and an unmet need relating to a patient's symptom management, support or decision making.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for palliative care varies by plan. Please contact your insurance provider and ask about palliative care coverage.

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