Palliative Care Services
At Cone Health, we understand the physical, emotional and spiritual issues patients experience when faced with a chronic and life-limiting illness. Through our partnership with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, we offer exceptional, compassionate care for patients and their families.
Our Palliative Medicine team is a partnership between Cone Health physicians, nurse practitioners and chaplains, and a Palliative Care of Greensboro-employed nurse liaison and social worker. Together, we treat and comfort our patients and their families with the empathy and respect they deserve.
Our experienced team provides assistance to patients, families, physicians and other providers by:
- Determining goals of care.
- Advising on pain and symptom management.
- Supporting the psycho-social-spiritual needs of the patient and family in crisis.
- Providing education and access to hospice care.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care focuses on the whole person, emphasizing the treatment of symptoms to keep our patients comfortable. Our medical practice incorporates the psycho-social and spiritual aspects of pain and sickness into the care plan for the patient and also supports the loved ones caring for the patient. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for the patient and family as a unit.
Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
Both hospice and palliative care focus on the whole person and emphasize treating symptoms to keep the patient comfortable. However, palliative care can be initiated at any time during an illness.
Our preferred time is at the time of diagnosis, which allows our team to address important needs from the start, and to follow along during the course of the illness. Hospice is offered when it seems that if the illness takes its natural course, death will occur in six months or less.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information about palliative care, we invite you to call the Palliative Medicine Team at Cone Health at (336) 832-2840.
For more information about hospice care, we welcome you to contact Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro at (336) 621-7575.