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Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. The plan of care is about comfort and getting the most out of life in spite of life-threatening disease or illness or when cure is not possible.

Palliative care is not restricted to end of life. It is the active total care when disease is no longer responsive to curative treatment.

It differs from hospice care in that it is provided much sooner in the disease process (hospice criteria mandate that persons admitted must have a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less).

Services Offered:

  • Assistance in providing information about diagnosis, prognosis and options of care
  • Consults for pain and symptom control
  • Family conferences to assist in setting goals of care, learning patient and family needs and providing education
  • Coordination of services at time of discharge from the hospital
  • Follow-up by registered nurse and other interdisciplinary team members as needed after discharge from the hospital
  • Support for family
  • Bereavement support services as desired

If you would like more information about palliative care options, please call (515) 241-4607 or visit the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Home Care website.