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Palliative Care

Comfort and support for serious illness

Palliative care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of symptoms, relieving pain and improving quality of life.

Care for patients and their loved ones

Our caring, compassionate palliative care team may become involved at any stage of an illness. We can help with concerns that may be distressing to you: symptom management, fears about your illness, or the financial and emotional burdens your illness has caused. 

If you're taking care of a loved one with a serious illness, we recognize the stress and exhaustion you may be feeling. Our team strives to help make the caregiving experience positive and rewarding by attending to your needs as well.

Our Palliative Care Program offers patients of all ages assistance with:

  • Relieving pain and other symptoms
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Planning for care after leaving the hospital

 A dedicated team

The Legacy professionals involved in palliative care may include:

  • Palliative care physicians
  • Palliative care nurse
  • Medical social worker
  • Spiritual care
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Volunteers
  • Music therapy
  • Other consulted support staff  

Hospice is often an important part of palliative care; see Legacy Hospice Services for details.

To request palliative care

Anyone - patients, families or healthcare providers - may ask for assistance from the Legacy Palliative Care Program through the patient's primary attending physician. Calling early in the patient's hospital stay will help ensure good care, more choices and greater comfort for everyone involved.

For more information, please call the Palliative Care Program office at 503-413-5542.