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Improving Your Quality of Life

Palliative care focuses on relieving the pain and symptoms of an advanced illness, such as cancer, heart failure, or another life-limiting condition. The purpose of palliative care is to make you more comfortable and improve your quality of life.

The Benefis palliative care team provides relief, information, and support to you and your family. Our team – which includes a medical director, clinical nurse specialist, clinical social worker, and chaplain – is trained to meet the needs of people living with serious illness.

How Palliative Care Can Help

Our palliative care team works with your primary healthcare provider and other members of your medical team to meet your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer compassionate guidance and support to make sure you have the services and resources to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Assistance with healthcare coordination and planning
  • Education for family members and other members of your healthcare team
  • Emotional support for you and your family
  • Information about your illness and guidance to help you make well-informed healthcare decisions
  • Relief from pain and other symptoms of the disease or its treatment, such as difficulty sleeping, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, depression, and anxiety

How To Receive Palliative Care

You can receive palliative care while you’re in the hospital, at a skilled nursing facility, or at home. While it can ease symptoms and stress throughout your illness, we recommend you consider it early in your care to make you more comfortable.

Your doctor, nurse, social worker, or chaplain can request palliative care for you. To learn more about palliative care and if it’s right for you, call us at (406) 455-4694.