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Palliative and supportive care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for patients facing serious and chronic disease. Also called Supportive Care, palliative care focuses on symptom management for illnesses including cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, HIV/AIDS and ALS. We assist patients in identifying goals of care and tailoring medical treatment whenever possible.



What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Hospice is specialty care for patients with terminal illness who are no longer seeking active treatment. Hospice care is provided outside the hospital in a patient’s home, skilled nursing facility or a specialized hospice facility.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age, any stage in a disease process. At the time of diagnosis palliative care assists patients and families with understanding their illness and treatment options. Palliative care can be provided with curative treatments.

Our team often provides symptom management for patients and support for families when a patient is actively dying in the hospital.

Who can have palliative care?

Anyone with a serious, advanced or life-limiting illness with uncontrolled symptoms or who may need help identifying goals and understanding treatment options.

Do I keep my doctor?

Yes, the hospitalist or surgeon managing your care continues to be your main doctor. Palliative care provides an additional layer of support.

Who provides palliative care?

At Lodi Memorial we have a team of three nurse practitioners and a physician. Our nurse practitioners are certified in palliative medicine. We work with your physicians, social workers and case management staff.

Who pays for palliative care?

Most insurances cover palliative care consultations including Medicare and MediCal.

How do I get palliative care?

Ask your doctor about a palliative care consult.