Palliative Care

The Center for Palliative Care is located on
the Mishawaka Campus.
Family Consultation Room at the Center for Palliative Care in Mishawaka

If a patient has made the choice to pursue aggressive or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and desires pain management or symptom control at home, the Palliative Care Program of Center for Hospice Care may be a suitable choice.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is pain management and symptom control for patients who may be currently seeking life-extending treatments. It is offered through our licensed home health care program, and many aspects of palliative care are applicable early in the course of an illness. The goal of palliative care is the achievement of the highest quality of life for patients and their families. Each patient in our program has access to our team of nurses, home health aides, social workers, and spiritual care counselors.

How does Palliative Care differ from Hospice Care?

Hospice care requires a physician to certify that a patient's illness carries a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. Hospice patients have chosen not to pursue curative, aggressive treatments. However, our Palliative Care program offers comfort care for patients who may be seeking life-prolonging therapies for their progressive or incurable illnesses, and may have a life expectancy of more than six months. An interdisciplinary team will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a patient is appropriate for this program. Palliative care includes pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support, if requested.

Does insurance pay for the Palliative Care?

Coverage may be available under the home health benefits of Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. If these insurance options do not apply, a self-pay program is available and is administered on a sliding fee scale. No one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.

Admission into Palliative Care program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.