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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a type of specialized care that focuses on improving quality of life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Palliative home care is a specialized home health program designed for patients with advancing diseases who are pursuing aggressive treatment.

Palliative home care follows the same regulations as home health care. The patient must be homebound and have a skilled need such as pain or symptom management, side effect monitoring for certain treatments, catheter care, and wound care, to name a few.

Unlike hospice, there are no time restrictions associated with palliative care. Services can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness, whether it is terminal or not. Since there are no time limits on when you can receive palliative care, it acts to fill the gap for patients who want and need comfort at any stage of any disease. In a palliative care program, there is no expectation that life-prolonging therapies will be avoided.

Palliative care may be right for you if you are experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms due to a serious illness such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, among others.

For more information on palliative care:
In the Westmoreland Area, call 1-800-427-1400
In the Butler/Clarion Area, call 724-968-5330


For your convenience telehealth visits are available from the comfort of your home or at one of the facilities in your community.

Telehealth visits uses audio and video capabilities so that you and your care team can discuss symptoms and treatment plans. For more information on palliative care telehealth, call 724-968-5330.

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