Home Palliative Care

Long-Term Care Focused on Improving Patient Comfort

Having a serious illness depletes your energy — physically and emotionally. It also takes a toll on your family. You need the help and support of trusted professional to guide you through the difficult decisions that you have to make.

Palliative care focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people with serious or advanced illness. It aims to reduce suffering, protect dignity, and improve quality of life for patients and families.

Talk to the patient’s health care provider regarding when to pursue palliative care or call us at 320-259-9375 or 800-835-6610 (toll free) for more information.

Who Can Receive Palliative Care?

Patients of all ages whose condition is considered poor or guarded, including pediatric patients. Palliative Care patients can be seeking curative or comfort care and may be receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition, dialysis, transfusions, chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Patients who are “homebound” or have a difficult time getting out of their home can greatly benefit from at-home palliative care.

What Is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Hospice care is for patients who have decided not to seek curative care and have a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice provides comfort care. Palliative Care can be provided along with curative care at any point in an illness.

Do you have questions about the differences between home care, palliative care and hospice care, and when each might be appropriate? View a comparison of services chart (PDF)

What are the benefits of palliative care?

  • Help and support in making difficult health care choices.
  • Support to help the patient and family cope with the illness.
  • Care based on the patient’s wishes and goals.

Home Palliative Care Team

Our team of skilled professionals includes:

  • Nurses
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Home health aids
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual care
  • Grief/bereavement follow-up for family members

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO