How do I know if palliative care is what I need?

You may want to consider palliative care if you or your loved one:

  • Suffers from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness.
  • Has physical or emotional pain that is not under control.
  • Needs help understanding their illness and discussing treatment.

You may also consider your answers to 5 Questions (PDF). Then make an appointment to talk with your healthcare provider about the desire for you or your loved one to receive palliative care.

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1. What is palliative care?
2. Why is palliative care important?
3. Who is palliative care for?
4. How do I know if palliative care is what I need?
5. Why should I get palliative care?
6. When is the right time for palliative care?
7. Where do I go for palliative care?
8. Who pays for palliative care?
9. Who will give palliative care to me or my loved one?
10. What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
11. Still have questions about palliative care?