Indications for Palliative Consultation

Not just for patients with cancer.

The following criteria should be considered as criteria for initiating a palliative care referral:

  • Ask yourself, "Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next year?" If the answer is "yes," then consider a palliative consultation.
  • Patients with advancing dementia, end-stage renal failure, end-stage liver failure, congestive heart failure, advanced lung disease, advanced ALS/MS, have palliative needs
  • Frequent emergency room visit for the same diagnosis
  • Frequent hospital admissions for the same diagnosis in the last 30 days
  • Prolonged hospital or ICU stay (7-14 days) without evidence of improvement
  • Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Difficult to control physical or emotional symptoms
  • Patient or family needs help making complex care decisions
  • Physician needs support with difficult conversations about prognosis

What Our Families Say

"Everyone I have been in contact with for your organization is a
God-send to me on every level.  Thank you for your dedication to
your job and your concern for each patient."  August 2018

"What a caring team!  Not only do you care for the patients, but also for the family. 
We were always asked, 'Is there anything you need?  god bless you all."  February 2018

"Even though it's a challenge to be without my dad, I have so many happy memories of him,
it helps always.  Thank you for all the many things you did to help my dad in his last days. 
It was so sad to watch him pass, but knowing that he was being care for everyday by
so many others, made all the difference in the world.  You've all made me feel as
though I have support if needed.  Thank you!"  April 2017

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