Palliative Care

If you or a loved one are living with a serious illness, you may benefit from palliative care. This type of specialized medical care focuses on relieving symptoms and stress. The goal is to improve quality of life for you and your loved ones.

At Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, you can receive palliative care from a specially-trained team. Rely on our palliative team to work with other healthcare professionals you receive care from and provide you with an extra layer of support. We’ll personalize your palliative care to your needs, not your prognosis (possible health outcome). Whatever your age or illness stage, you can receive palliative care along with other medical treatments.

Benefits of palliative care

Palliative care professionals help you:

  • Ease pain and other symptoms
  • Understand your illness and treatment options
  • Make decisions about your care according to your priorities and values
  • Communicate with your doctors
  • Manage anxiety, stress, and depression

Take a quick quiz on the Get Palliative Care website to see if palliative care is right for you.

Palliative care vs. hospice care

Both palliative and hospice services focus on making you feel comfortable and in control of your health. You can receive palliative care at the same time as you get treatment to cure or slow the progression of a disease.

Hospice care is a special medical benefit. It provides a range of services to people with a terminal illness who wish to focus on comfort rather than curative treatment. Patients in hospice choose not to receive any further diagnostic procedures or treatments focused on curing their illness.

Starting palliative care

If you or a family member are interested in palliative care services, talk with your doctor. A palliative specialist will visit you in the hospital or you can make an appointment for an outpatient clinic visit. The provider will get to know you and learn about your wants and needs, and help you identify what is important to you whether you hope to sleep better, breathe easier, spend more time with your family, or something else.

Compassionate team of specialists

Your team may include various professionals, all of whom have specialized training and expertise in palliative care:

  • Doctor, nurse practitioner, and pharmacist – Diagnose conditions, prescribe medications to control symptoms, and discuss goals of care
  • Social worker – Counsels you and your loved ones as you cope with a serious illness and directs you to helpful community or government resources, such as support groups, legal and financial aid, or in-home care
  • Chaplain – Offers interfaith, spiritual support to cope with a difficult illness

Each specialist works in their own unique way to meet your goals.

If you need to be hospitalized, your palliative team meets twice each week to talk about how you’re doing and adjust the care plan as your needs change. They may refer you to more health professionals, such as rehabilitation therapists, mental health providers, or clinical dietitians (nutrition experts).

Your primary care provider’s role

Your primary care provider will still oversee your overall care and treatment for your illness. We’ll tell your doctor about all the care you get in the hospital.

Certified, high-quality care

You can trust us for excellence because Community Hospital was one of the first hospitals in California to earn advanced certification in palliative care from The Joint Commission. This honor means you’ll see your palliative team members regularly for personalized care centered on your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Learn more about our quality of palliative care.

Insurance covers palliative care

Insurance providers cover palliative care, just as they cover many other medical specialties. Learn about insurance plans we accept.

Follow-up services

Using MyChart, you can access your medical records to share with future health care providers. If you need options for continuing care, such as local home care agencies and nursing facilities, ask to speak with a discharge planner

Contact us any time with questions. Your care team may refer you to our outpatient palliative care clinic for more support and guidance.

Grief support

If you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, turn to grief support services for care and compassion in your community.

Contact us

To reach the Palliative Medicine Team at Community Hospital, call (831) 625-4977.

Advance care planning

Record your wishes for your medical care now in case you become unable to communicate them later. Learn about advance healthcare planning, including upcoming workshops and resources to make and document your decisions.

Prepare for your visit

Explore patient and family resources at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. You’ll find information on visiting guidelines, paying for care, accessing medical records, and much more.

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