Palliative Care services are available at Utah Valley Hospital to provide specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. We work to provide patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and to reduce the stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis.

What Palliative Care Can Do

Palliative care is supportive care that can be included at any stage of an illness. The goal of palliative care is to focus on:

  • Quality of life
  • Relief of upsetting symptoms
  • Family support

The Palliative Care Team

The palliative care team includes a palliative care physician, an advance practice nurse, a nurse case manager, a social worker, and a chaplain. This team works with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Our palliative care team spends as much time as necessary communicating with you, your family, and your other doctors, and are here to support you and your family every step of the way.

Palliative Care Options

We provide palliative care in both an inpatient setting for hospital patients, and in our outpatient clinic.

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Utah Valley Palliative Care Clinic (Outpatient)

The Utah Valley Palliative Care Clinic provides palliative care in an outpatient setting to meet the needs of patients and families throughout the course of their illness.

Inpatient Palliative Care

Our palliative care team supports patients hospitalized for complications of their disease, and is available to all patients admitted to Utah Valley Hospital upon request of their admitting doctor. Our interdisciplinary team works with you and your primary doctors to help develop a plan that matches your goals.

Reasons to Request a Palliative Care Consult

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Counseling/guidance about care options in the face of serious illness
  • Changing goals of care
  • Assistance in developing a palliative care discharge plan
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement support

Inpatient Palliative Care Services

A palliative care consultation can provide help for any and all of the following services:

  • Time for thorough communication in a family meeting setting
  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Help navigating the healthcare system
  • Guidance with difficult and complex treatment decisions
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Advance care planning

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get palliative care?

Ask for it! Start by talking with your doctor or nurse.

Who can be helped by palliative care?

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

When can you get palliative care?

You can get palliative care as soon as you are told about your serious illness or health problem. These illnesses can include heart, lung, kidney or liver failure, cancer, and some memory or neurological problems. Palliative care can be given at the same time you are being treated to cure your illness.

Are services and support offered to your family and friends?

Yes. Your palliative care team can teach your family and friends how to care for you. They can also provide emotional support to your family and friends throughout your illness.

Is palliative care the same as hospice?

Hospice care is a type of palliative care, but palliative care is much broader than hospice. You can receive palliative care for many years, but hospice care begins in the final months of life. Both include a team of care providers to help the patient and support the family.

What can I expect from a palliative care consult?

You can expect to have more control over your care and a comfortable and supportive atmosphere that reduces anxiety and stress. You can also expect attention to symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

Palliative care addresses the whole person. It helps you carry on with your daily life, and improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It also helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care.

Is palliative care covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive, just as with other hospital and medical services. This is also true of Medicare and Medicaid. If costs concern you, a social worker or financial consultant from the palliative care team can discuss payment options with you.