Palliative Care Clinic
Palliative Care Clinic
Our palliative care program addresses your emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual needs while you’re managing a life-threatening illness. You can receive palliative care during any stage of a serious illness. Our specialized team consults with you, your family and your medical team to manage your pain and other symptoms that may develop during your illness.
At Providence, your palliative care team helps you and your family know what to expect and teaches your family how to offer support and respond to specific situations.
Unlike hospice care, which focuses on end-of-life care, palliative care can be provided during any phase of a serious illness. You can receive treatments at any time, including when you are receiving active treatments such as chemotherapy, dialysis or radiation. If needed, we can help you transition to hospice care.
When you come to Providence for palliative care, we ensure your autonomy, access to information and ability to make choices that are right for you.
Our services include:
- Emotional support — Our doctors and nurses help you address feelings of fear, anxiety, depression and grief.
- Medical decision-making assistance — Your palliative care team will assist you and your family with managing and gathering medical information and clarifying your care goals.
- Spiritual and cultural support — We honor and support your religious and cultural values.
- Symptom management — We provide treatments to reduce physical suffering from pain and other symptoms.
The Providence Medical Group palliative care team includes a range of doctors, nurses and behavior specialists, including:
- Advanced practice nurses
- Doctors board certified in palliative medicine, family medicine and hospice care
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Nurse practitioners
What Is palliative care?
Palliative care is a special kind of medical care for people with advanced or serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of illness. The goal of palliative care is to give you the best quality of life possible.
Regardless of your age, diagnosis or stage of a serious illness, you can benefit from palliative care. This philosophy of care can be provided by your primary health care team and you may also have a special palliative care team added as an extra layer of support to your primary team. This special team may include doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses and chaplains.
What can you expect from palliative care?
We create care plans specifically to meet each patient’s unique needs and services may include:
- Management of complex symptoms related to life-limiting illness
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Coordination with your medical team
- Guidance in making difficult choices about care based on your values, preferences and priorities
- Help preparing for end of life; Assistance with advance care planning
- Grief, bereavement and counseling support
Where can you receive palliative care?
Our team offers palliative care services to patients receiving care in facilities (in Providence Alaska Medical Center, St. Elias Specialty Hospital and Anchorage-area Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Homes) and through our clinic on the PAMC campus (offering in-person visits and telemedicine).
How is palliative care different from hospice?
Both programs aim to support comfort and quality of life when living with a serious illness. Hospice is focused on the last weeks to months of life and this team comes to patient’s home/residence to provides a great amount of help directly into one’s home (nurses, aides, doctors, chaplains and volunteers) and maybe the sole focus of care when no longer receiving curative treatments.
Palliative care can be provided at any time during a serious illness and this team can support people in the hospital or facility, or in their home through our clinic services. You can receive palliative care while also receiving life-prolonging or curative treatments.
Does insurance cover palliative care?
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance, cover palliative care similar to seeing other doctors/specialists. If you have financial concerns, please let us know. Financial assistance may be available.