Palliative Care

Defining Palliative Care

Hospice of Missoula Palliative Care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Our Palliative Care involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs to help facilitate patient autonomy, access to information, and choice. We focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness. Our goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Hospice of Missoula Palliative Care is provided by our team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists that work together with a patients providers to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Extra Layer of Support

At Palliative Care of Missoula, our goal is simple – to improve your quality of life while living with serious illness. Our team of health care providers work with you to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of chronic disease in alignment with your personal preferences. Our care extends beyond the physical to encompass the spirit, and moves beyond the patient to encircle those who love them. We help you live fully while also supporting your family and caregivers, by providing an extra layer of support. Palliative care benefits individuals in any home setting, at any point in life, experiencing any type of serious illness, even while seeking curative and life prolonging treatment.

Palliative Care Program

Palliative Care is different from hospice care. Although the care focuses on quality of life in both palliative care and hospice, the patient in Palliative Care is not necessarily nearing the end of their life. Palliative Care patients often receive aggressive medical treatments intended to prolong life or be curative if possible.

Our essential clinical care services include but are not limited to:

  • Home Visits From Your Palliative Care Team
  • 24/7 On-call Medical and Nursing Support
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Assistance with Medication Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Emotional and Spiritual Support
  • Family Caregiver Support
  • Practical and Social Supports
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Individualized and Compassionate Care