Hospital-Based Medicine Institute

Palliative care

Home Services Palliative care

Providing an extra layer of support for your diagnosis

If you are faced with a serious illness, you may benefit from Novant Health Palliative Care. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) and also known as supportive care, is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This specialized service is designed to maximize quality of life for you and your loved ones by minimizing the symptoms, pain and stress associated with your diagnosis.

At Novant Health, we recognize it takes a team approach to manage serious illness. That’s why our services provide an extra layer of support during treatment. Our specially trained doctors, nurses and support staff work directly with you and your other doctors to provide the care that’s right for you. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Our services include:

  • Treating symptoms, including pain, nausea, breathlessness, and other physical issues caused by serious illness.
  • Discussing diagnosis and goals of treatment.
  • Provide guidance for making treatment decisions.
  • Provide support for the patient’s emotional and social needs, spiritual needs or concerns, and practical needs.
  • Assistance with advance directives, such as a Health Care Power of Attorney and living will.
  • Providing support for caregivers, and other family members and friends.
Can I benefit from palliative care?

While anyone with a serious illness can benefit from palliative care, there are certain diagnoses for which it can be especially helpful. Such as cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. This type of care treats pain, depression, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and any other symptoms that may be causing distress.

The team will help you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. In short, palliative care will help improve your quality of life. Learn more.

Where is palliative care offered?

If you are hospitalized due to serious illness, you may receive a palliative care consultation before you are discharged, which will help you better understand your illness and make informed decisions about your care.

We also coordinate care with services outside the hospital, such as home care, nursing homes or – if appropriate – hospice.

Some of our facilities offer specialty outpatient clinics for heart and cancer patients.