The aim of palliative (pal–lee–uh–tiv) care is to ease suffering caused by a life-threatening or life-limiting illness or injury. It is a medical specialty with a team approach. You can get palliative care at the same time you get treatments that are meant to cure you.
When you are in the hospital, our Inpatient Palliative Care Services can:
No, although the main goal of care is the same: Quality of Life. Hospice care is available for those facing a life-threatening illness who choose to no longer pursue life-prolonging treatment.
Ask your doctor for a referral or your doctor may ask us to help with your medical care while you are in the hospital. The doctor or nurse will meet with you and your family and talk about things like:
Palliative care isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Patients have many different illnesses and injuries. We realize every patient and family has different goals and values. Your answers to these questions will guide us as we partner in your medical care.
Medicare and most insurance carriers cover palliative care consults.
Palliative Medicine Services - Inpatient
Auburn Medical Center
Good Samaritan Hospital
Tacoma General / Allenmore Hospitals
At-home Palliative Care is provided by MultiCare's Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care team. Visit their Palliative Care page to learn more about at-home palliative care services.