Supportive or Palliative Care

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Care at home at any stage of a serious illness

When you’re dealing with a serious illness, you may need extra support at home. Palliative (pal-lee-uh-tive) care is supportive care at home that not only improves quality of life — it may extend it.

Studies have shown that palliative care reduces time in the hospital and helps avoid emergency room visits.

While you are receiving treatment for your illness, you can still receive palliative care at home.

People with cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, ALS, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis and many other illnesses may all benefit from palliative home care.

Services are available for many situations, from one-time consultations to regular, ongoing visits.

We’ll help you to:

  • Be more comfortable – help control pain, shortness of breath, nausea, tiredness, trouble sleeping and other symptoms
  • Cope with uncertainty – have a lifeline 24/7 for questions and concerns
  • Keep your independence – provide services and help families understand how they can best assist in your care
  • Feel less overwhelmed – educate you and your family on your illness, your body’s reactions, medications and options so you can make better decisions
  • Worry less – help discuss choices and plan ahead for possible changes, like going back to a normal routine, going to the hospital if needed and deciding what to do if your condition changes
  • Deal with fear and anxiety – give emotional and spiritual support to you and your family
  • Handle the details – coordinate care with your doctor and other health care providers, including equipment needs. You keep your doctor and have access to our palliative specialists, as needed

Your choice of services

You have a registered nurse assigned to you who will coordinate your care. You may also choose services from other caregivers such as:

  • Nurses
  • Home health aides
  • Occupational or physical therapists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Specialists to work with you and your family, like art or music therapists, counselors to work with children and teens and other specialists to help your family cope better
  • Volunteers to assist with other needs, like caring for pets, respite care so your family can take a break and much more

Team members make home visits as ordered by your own doctor and can be there when you need more care. Nurses are on call 24/7 for questions or a crisis.


Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans pay for palliative care. We will help you find out what your insurance covers or if you qualify for subsidized services.

How Care Begins

Care starts with a phone call from you, a family member, your physician or hospital staff. Once your doctor approves, services can start right away.

Call 816.363.2600 or contact us CLICK HERE

Is supportive care right for me?

If you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care.