Palliative care


A serious illness can take away comfort, dignity, and a person’s sense of control over life. Palliative care helps people of all ages live a better quality life during a difficult time by providing comfort and relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious or chronic illness.

When a Loved One Needs Palliative Care

Palliative care helps give back comfort, dignity, and control during a serious illness. A primary care doctor or specialist may refer your loved one to the Optum Palliative Care program. With this extra layer of support, your loved one will be cared for in the most appropriate setting – in a care facility, at home, or in one of our specialized medical offices.

The Palliative Care Team

An experienced team of nurse practitioners and other health care professionals help your loved one to keep functioning as normally as possible. That way, he or she can still do many important, comforting, and meaningful things in daily life.

How Palliative Care Helps

Your loved one’s Palliative Care Team:
  • Provides expert pain and stress relief
  • Treats breathlessness, nausea, anxiety, appetite loss, sleeplessness, and other distressing symptoms
  • Guides you and your loved one in making decisions about the best treatment options
  • Helps plan for future care
  • Helps with non-medical needs like meals, transportation, and shopping, as well as emotional and spiritual support
  • Coordinates with other health care providers – your loved one’s primary care doctor, as well as specialists like oncologists, surgeons, cardiologists, therapists, or dieticians
  • Supports you and your family through your loved one’s illness and helps everyone understand your loved one’s condition

If you have questions about Palliative Care, please ask your doctor. Or, if you have already been referred to the Optum Palliative Care program, please contact your Palliative Care Team. Call your clinic to talk with this compassionate team.