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Palliative Care

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care offers an inpatient/outpatient palliative care speciality consultation service for expert management of uncontrolled symptoms. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious or terminal illness. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family. 

Palliative care is included with hospice, but it is not limited to patients with a life expectancy of six months or fewer and can be provided along with curative treatments.

Palliative Care

Patient Prognosis

Life expectancy of 6 months or fewer

Life expectancy of 18 months or fewer

Scope of Treatment

Curative options are no longer available, or the patient does not desire curative treatment.

Palliative care can be provided along with curative treatment (concurrent care).

Focus of Care

Focuses on symptom control and quality of life

Focuses on symptom control and quality of life

Attending Physician

Patient can keep their regular physician or elect the
hospice physician to be attending.

Patient keeps their primary care provider and specialists. Our Palliative Care specialist serves as an additional consultant.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare or other insurance hospice benefit 
covers the care for hospice diagnosis

Regular Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and private insurances are accepted.

Services are provided wherever the patient calls home.

Situations where patients may benefit from Palliative Care intervention include:

  • Uncontrolled and burdensome symptoms, including pain, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, anxiety, agitation, etc.
  • Frequent Emergency Department visits or hospital admissions for serious illnesses                
  • Patients with fewer than a six-month life expectancy who are not psychologically ready for hospice
  • Wound care
  • Establishment or re-establishment of goals of care in patients with life-limiting illnesses
  • Advance Care Planning (living will, healthcare power of attorney, and funeral planning)

The palliative care team includes physicians board-certified in hospice and palliative care, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nursing aides, social workers and chaplains, who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

In addition to providing expert care for adults, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is a proud member of the Kids Path Pediatric Palliative Care Consortium. We have staff specially trained and experienced to care for children of all ages, along with their families.