Palliative Care

Care and support for complex serious illness.

Pikes Peak Palliative Services can help you live more fully with a complex serious illness. "Palliative" (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tive) is a medical word that simply means comfort and relief. Our palliative care specialists focus on promoting comfort and relieving your symptoms. We partner with your personal physician to provide an extra layer of care.

Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of illness, and you can continue receiving curative treatments while receiving palliative services. In fact, palliative care can relieve many side effects caused by curative treatments.

Click here to view KKTV11 Connects video about Pikes Peak Palliative Services.  

The right care from the right team.

Patient with Nurse Practitioner

Determining the right care for you begins by listening -- really listening -- as you describe your situation. What are your symptoms? How do they make you feel, physically and emotionally? What are your challenges? What are your goals?

Our palliative proessionals can help you better understand options for care. They can even help you formulate advance directives that reflect your goals. You may receive a single consultation visit, nursing support by phone as needed, or a series of visits.

Palliative care may be provided by a nurse practitioner or physician. In some cases, you may receive additional support from a nurse, counselor and/or chaplain. We provide palliative consultation services in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, in our palliative clinic, or if you're homebound, in your own home.

To discuss your specific situation and learn which Pikes Peak Palliative Services are best suited for you, contact us or call 719-633-3400. We'll work to help you regain the comfort and quality of life you deserve.

Answering common questions.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?

Hospice care is only one aspect of palliative care.  Hospice care is a unique blend of services that address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families facing the last stages of a life-limiting illness.  All hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice care.

How does the palliative care specialist work with my own physician?

Your physician continues to direct your care. The palliative care specialist acts as a consultant, providing recommendations for:

  • Symptom management
  • Goal clarification and advance directives
  • Process of care
  • Prognostication
Does my insurance pay for palliative care?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances typically offer benefits for palliative care services.

What Our Families Say

The entire hospice team exceeded our expectations always going above and beyond.  They are the most amazing group of people.  I can't even put into words how much we appreciate them.  They were always very caring, patient and sincere.  We could not have managed the process without them.  We will never forget you and are forever grateful. Thank you. ~ Patient's daughter

Everyone who came to attend to my wife were all fantastic caregivers and I cannot praise your hospice staff enough.  I was so thankful you were there. ~ Patient's husband

I could not have asked for a more caring set of people to help us through this difficult time.  Thank you so very much. ~ Patient's family

 

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Sue Rizzo, a volunteer with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, recently shared with us her experience with hospice care for her father, and how that inspired her to volunteer with hospice and palliative care patients.