Palliative Care

Palliative Care with HopeHealth

The medical specialty of palliative care offers comfort and relief from a serious, progressive illness that may or may not be life-limiting. It is available immediately after diagnosis and can be given alongside curative care.

Our providers focus on controlling symptoms like pain, breathlessness and fatigue. They also help patients and families understand their options in this very stressful time. We provide this service in homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Our team develops a personalized care plan based on patient and family goals. This plan can include pain relief medication, care coordination services and emotional support from our social worker.

At HopeHealth, our team brings extensive experience in palliative care seeing over 19,000 patient visits every year in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In addition, through our PediPal program, we see over 8,500 pediatric patients in Massachusetts. 

Learn more about palliative care and the services we offer by getting started.

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HopeHealth's Palliative Care Team

Our palliative team is comprised of compassionate nurse practitioners and physicians who are specially trained and certified in the medical practice of palliative care. We are experts in pain and symptom management.

HopeHealth spearheaded the Complex Conversations movement, teaching our community how to have difficult conversations about serious illness and to discuss goals of care with patients and their families.

We are the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative medicine for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. We are part of the HopeHealth family of services.

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“I came to understand that [palliative care] is a doorway to improving life, not the doorway to death. It fuels me with information and education that empowers me to keep moving forward.”

—Marlene McCarthy, long-time breast cancer patient

How We Help

We provide palliative care to patients in a variety of settings.

Female palliative nurse practitioner helping a patient in their home

What is Palliative Care?

If you're living with a serious illness, palliative care helps you maintain comfort and provides you with the support you need. Palliative care is not hospice care. Palliative care should be started as soon as patients are diagnosed with a serious, life-threatening illness because there is so much we can do to help.

To learn more about what palliative care is, visit our getting started page or visit our blog. If you have questions about your illness or to talk about your care options, please call our referral center at (844) 671-HOPE.

Ask the expert: What is palliative care?

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Questions about palliative care?
Contact us at (844) 671-HOPE or or visit our Contact Page.

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