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For more information on Palliative Care, contact Jennifer Calderon-Baharian at (203) 838-4000 x128 or email jcalderon@soundviewmedical.com. (Please do not exchange any private or personal patient information.)

What is palliative care?

The goal of palliative care is to provide the patient with comfort and alleviate any unpleasant symptoms or stressors. Palliative care utilizes a healthcare team made up of clinicians, specialists, social workers, counselors, nutritionists, etc. to improve the life of the patient and their family. Palliative care uses a team approach to solve problems and achive possible outcomes.

 

Who gets palliative care?

Palliative care starts at any stage of the illness/disease, whereas hospice is typically started when a person is terminal or in the last 6 months of their life. You do not have to be terminal to have palliative care and it can be utilized at any time.

 

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Palliative care starts at any stage of the illness/disease, whereas hospice is typically started when a person is terminal or in the last 6 months of their life. You do not have to be terminal to have palliative care and it can be utilized at any time.

 

How does one get palliative care?

Palliative care can be initiated by a healthcare provider. It is often utilized in hospitals, extended care facilities, and assisted living/nursing homes. Palliative care can also be requested by a patient or family member.