To prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life for both patients their family.
During a serious illness, the goal of palliative care is to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life for both patients their family.
If you’re living with a serious illness, you may experience symptoms such as pain, fatigue (tiredness) or nausea. Treatments you undergo may even cause additional side effects. Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness so that you can live life more comfortably.
Our multidisciplinary team is specially trained to help you better understand your illness, plan for decisions that may need to be made and coordinate treatment provided by multiple caregivers. Your physical, psychological, spiritual and practical needs are all included as a part of your care plan. This holistic approach to care helps enhance the quality of life for patients struggling with serious, potentially life-limiting illnesses. Our team works with your doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
All Whatcom Hospice clinical services, including those provided at Hospice House, are delivered by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with sustaining annual support provided by the Foundation. Whatcom Hospice Foundation and PeaceHealth are committed to maintaining a strong collaborative partnership that results in top quality end of life care for every patient in need, regardless of ability to pay.
Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with treatment. The availability of palliative care doesn’t depend upon whether or not your condition can be cured.
You may want to consider palliative care if you or a loved one:
You do not give up your own doctors in order to receive palliative care. Instead, our Palliative Care team and your doctors work together. If you’re interested in a consultation, ask your primary care provider for a referral.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive in the hospital, just as they would other services.