Palliative Care Services

Improving quality of life with compassion

How does UnityPoint Health - Methodist Palliative Care Services benefit your patients?

Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. The goal of the palliative care team is to partner with you to provide your patients the best possible quality of life.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and chaplains. Along with symptom management, we help educate your patients and their families and offer guidance with difficult decisions.

How is palliative care different from hospice?

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Palliative care may be provided at any stage of illness, is not dependent on prognosis, and can be delivered at the same time as curative treatment.

Which patients may be appropriate to refer?

Adult inpatients suffering debilitating symptoms of serious illnesses including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Chronic heart failure
  • End stage renal disease
  • Dementia
  • Chronic liver disease
  • AIDS
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Sepsis
  • Ischemic/perforated bowel

Adult inpatients with several recent hospital admissions for the same condition

Symptoms that can be managed through palliative care include:

  • pain
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping

How do I make a referral?

Palliative care requires a physician order.