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Palliative Care

At SoutheastHEALTH, our palliative care team is specially trained to assist you and your family in managing a chronic or serious disease. We can help you work through the complex information that comes with a diagnosis. And we can provide symptom management to improve your quality of life too.

The Benefits of Palliative Care

People sometimes confuse palliative care with hospice. But the two are not the same. While hospice assists people approaching the last stage of life, palliative care is for people in all stages of a serious illness. Patients of any age can receive palliative care while they are actively getting treatment for their disease.

Anyone with a chronic or serious illness can benefit from palliative care. We assist people with conditions like heart failure, renal failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). And we work with many cancer patients to help manage symptoms of their illness and any treatment side effects.

Our palliative care specialists partner with patients and their loved ones. Together, they work to help control common problems like pain, fatigue, edema (swelling) and more. Our providers will make sure you understand your disease and treatment choices. They'll guide you through your treatment plan so that you and your loved ones know what to expect. And they'll answer any questions you or your loved ones might have about your disease or medical care.

How to Get the Care You Need

SoutheastHEALTH Palliative Care offers both inpatient and outpatient (home) services. Our advanced practice registered nurses visit families within a 60-mile radius of Cape Girardeau.

Home visits are set up to meet your individual concerns. The visiting schedule is determined by your unique situation and needs.

We offer palliative care to people who receive care from SoutheastHEALTH primary care providers and specialists. Most insurance plans—including Medicare and Medicaid—cover palliative care.

If you think palliative care is right for you, talk to your provider. They can provide a referral. Then, a member of our team can visit with you and your loved ones. We'll see if you're eligible for care and answer your questions.