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Palliative Care

Palliative care mitigates the effects of a serious illness or injury by helping patients manage pain, symptoms, stress, and treatment side effects. The goal is to enhance a person’s quality of life. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment. It is not to be confused with hospice care, which helps patients and their loved ones during the dying process when curative care is no longer an option.

Our palliative care team consists of doctors, nurses, and social workers. These experts collaborate with your regular doctors and provide additional support for patients and their families cope.

Accessing Palliative Care

Your doctor may recommend a consultation with one of our inpatient palliative care specialists. In this case, an order will be placed, and you will be contacted by a member of our team to set up an appointment to meet with you in your room. Referral Line: 805-667-7975

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from palliative care?

Palliative care supports you in achieving your best quality of life while navigating your diagnosis and treatment. Our team works to improve your ability to go through medical treatments by helping you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. We take a collaborative approach to addressing your condition’s impact on your life, including any financial, social, and emotional needs that arise.

How does the palliative care team work with my existing doctors?

The palliative care team partners with your doctors to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family. We optimize communication with your doctors by asking the questions you feel are important to your health and quality of life. We also facilitate completion of Advance Healthcare Directives and POLST forms to reflect your healthcare wishes.

Where is palliative care provided?

Palliative care is provided as a consult service to our hospital patients. It is available in conjunction with curative treatments.

Does my insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medi-Cal, cover palliative care. Our administrative team will work with you and your insurance provider to obtain any necessary authorization for services.

How do I access palliative care services?

If you are interested in palliative care, we recommend discussing it with your doctors, nurses, family members and caregivers. Your doctor can refer you for a consultation. You may also refer yourself if your insurance does not require a prior authorization.