Palliative care

Also known as: Home Health palliative care, Oncology palliative care, Cancer palliative care, Connections palliative care consultation service

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Providence Connections in the Portland metro, Columbia Gorge and Yamhill service areas is a palliative care consultation service with a team of experts who can help you and your family find needed resources, control pain and other symptoms, and provide compassionate support.

Providence Home Health Palliative Care is designed for patients who have chronic medical conditions or life-limiting illnesses, who are not appropriate or ready for hospice services and who may be continuing to receive medical treatment.  Palliative care can address not only the patient’s physical challenges and limitations, but psychosocial and spiritual issues as well.

Providence Oncology Palliative Care Program at Providence Cancer Center offers extra care and support for you and your loved ones while you cope with the challenge of a serious cancer diagnosis.

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Home away from hospital

Jo Anne Coonrod's illnesses used to send her to the hospital. Thanks to home palliative care, she's getting treated before an emergency.

Recommended Resource

Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is the leading resource for palliative care program development and growth. Access essential palliative care tools, education, resources and training for health care professionals.

Oregon Health Decisions

Oregon Health Decisions is an independent, nonprofit, grassroots organization. OHD gives people an opportunity to become involved and have a voice in health care policy. OHD also provides materials to assist people in making better-informed decisions regarding their individual health care needs and wishes.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Information for patients and families about the meaning of terms used in physician orders for life-sustaining treatment and the POLST form.

Supportive Care Coalition

Providence Health & Services is a founding member of the Supportive Care Coalition, a national coalition of Catholic health care organizations advancing palliative care since 1994. With a unified voice, the Coalition advances palliative care excellence in Catholic health care settings through educational outreach, promoting leading practices, engaging in advocacy efforts and partnering with other like-minded organizations. Collaboration with other health care organizations, faith communities and legislative leaders promotes the best care possible across the continuum of care. The Coalition’s offices are located within the Providence Oregon Region.

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