Palliative Care of Central Pennsylvania

What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a new medical field that helps patients find relief from symptoms associated with a serious chronic illness. Palliative care also assists patients and families with treatment decisions and emotional issues related to serious illness.

How can palliative care help?
Palliative care can improve quality of daily life by providing relief from physical symptoms including pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. By lessening physical symptoms, individuals may be better able to tolerate medical treatments. Palliative care can also lessen the level of emotional stress and can help to better match treatment plans to individual and family goals.

How is palliative care different from Hospice?
It is important to note that palliative care is not the same as hospice care and can be delivered along with treatments that are meant to cure you. The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness—whatever the prognosis. It is appropriate for people of any age and at any point in an illness. Adapted from

How is a referral made to a palliative care physician?
Your doctor can request a visit from one of our physicians by calling Palliative Care of Central PA at (717) 732-1000.

Hospice of Central PA provides services without regard to ability to pay, age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or lifestyle.