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

What you all do is amazing.  Thank you for all your help, support and guidance for my mother and family.  It was such a gift and a blessing to be with my mom and take care of her and to have her at home with my daughter and I.  We will never forget your kindness.  Thank you! ~ Patient's family

The services my husband and I received during his last stages of life were invaluable to us.  His primary wish at the end was to be at home.  I was very afraid that I couldn't grant that wish, but with the help of Pikes Peak Hospice he was able to be at home, where he was comfortable, until the very end.  I am also truly thankful for the grief counseling that you provided to me. ~ Patient's wife

Thank you for all your assistance during this time and for the care of my mother.  There are not enough compliments to give for the support, knowledge, bedside manner, courtesy and kindness. ~ Patient's daughter

 

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A Woman’s Journey to Volunteer With Purpose
01 Sep

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.