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.

Proprietary Health Article

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 brochure

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

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  • Hospice Medicare Update

    Medicare has recently modified eligibility criteria for hospice services effective immediately.   Key changes include: Medicare no longer accepts claims using the primary diagnosis of debility and decline/failure to thrive, or associated diagnoses (codes 780-799). Supporting documentation must now be submitted with the claim supporting the terminal diagnosis. The question that must be answered is: What is going to take the patient’s life? This determines the terminal diagnosis. Providence Hospice has created a pocket guide with the new Medicare guidelines and a score sheet to help you determine hospice eligibility. When referring, please use this guide to determine diagnosis or reasons for debility. Include all supporting co-morbid conditions contributing to the patient’s disease trajectory. Providence Hospice staff is available to assist with any questions you may have regarding hospice referrals or to deliver hard copies of any of the attached tools. For assistance please call our office at 541-732-6500. On-call staff is available after hours and on weekends, as needed. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate these changes. We look forward to serving you, your patients and their families.  Download the Hospice pocket guide Download the Hospice guidelines tip sheet

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  • 2012 Providence Festival of Trees benefits palliative care and Swindells Resource Center

    Southern Oregon's 2012 Providence Festival of Trees grossed more than $487,100 to benefit palliative care and Swindells Resource Center.

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  • Hospice Medicare Update

    Medicare has recently modified eligibility criteria for hospice services effective immediately.   Key changes include: Medicare no longer accepts claims using the primary diagnosis of debility and decline/failure to thrive, or associated diagnoses (codes 780-799). Supporting documentation must now be submitted with the claim supporting the terminal diagnosis. The question that must be answered is: What is going to take the patient’s life? This determines the terminal diagnosis. Providence Hospice has created a pocket guide with the new Medicare guidelines and a score sheet to help you determine hospice eligibility. When referring, please use this guide to determine diagnosis or reasons for debility. Include all supporting co-morbid conditions contributing to the patient’s disease trajectory. Providence Hospice staff is available to assist with any questions you may have regarding hospice referrals or to deliver hard copies of any of the attached tools. For assistance please call our office at 541-732-6500. On-call staff is available after hours and on weekends, as needed. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate these changes. We look forward to serving you, your patients and their families.  Download the Hospice pocket guide Download the Hospice guidelines tip sheet

    Read more
  • 2012 Providence Festival of Trees benefits palliative care and Swindells Resource Center

    Southern Oregon's 2012 Providence Festival of Trees grossed more than $487,100 to benefit palliative care and Swindells Resource Center.

    Read more