Many patients eligible for the pain and symptom management of palliative care do not access services due to misconceptions surrounding eligibility. We frequently hear from families we have served that they wish they had known about our care sooner. We want to help change that.

Who is eligible?

Individuals receiving other Medicare benefits, such as home health services and skilled nursing care due to a serious illness, are often eligible to receive palliative care at the same time. Patients may be eligible for palliative care if they:

Live with one or more chronic conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Alzheimer's, dementia, cancer, or other advanced illnesses

Make frequent visits to the hospital

Would benefit from pain or symptom management

Develop recurring infections

Experience weight loss

Lose ability to perform daily activities

Desire information regarding advance care planning