Palliative Care

Our goal is to prevent and ease suffering while offering patients and their families the best possible quality of life.

Specializing in pain management.

Palliative care specializes in the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness whatever the diagnosis. Beaumont Health's goal is to prevent and ease suffering while offering patients and their families the best possible quality of life. It can be delivered in a variety of settings such as hospital, home, and nursing care facility. Any patient with a serious or life-threatening illness can qualify for palliative care. Serious illnesses may include cancer, stroke, lung diseases such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, kidney disease (especially those requiring dialysis), heart disease such as heart attack or CHF, liver disease such as cirrhosis or jaundice.

Note that palliative care is not the same as hospice care. While useful at any stage of an illness, palliative care can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure you, such as chemotherapy, radiation treatments, dialyses, and surgery. We offer Care & TLC - Treatment of Lifelong Conditions, which is designed to provide palliative care for patients who want to manage their symptoms and continue curative therapies during their home care experience.

To begin palliative care, start by talking to your doctor or nurse. Tell your family, friends and caregivers that you want palliative care. Then ask your doctor for a referral.

Common Questions About Palliative Care

How will palliative care help me/my family/my loved one?

Beaumont's palliative care team will work together with your doctor to:

  • Improve comfort and quality of life for you and your family.
  • Develop an individualized plan to manage any distressing symptoms (such as pain, shortness of breath and anxiety).
  • Provide additional support for you/your family.
  • Help you and your family or designated decision-makers to understand your particular medical situation in order to make decisions about the type of care you want to receive.

Will my insurance cover palliative care?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or part of the palliative care treatment you receive in the hospital. Drugs and medical supplies and equipment may also be covered. If costs concern you, you can contact a Beaumont Health social worker or financial consultant to help you with payment options.