Central Minnesota Palliative Care

Improving Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Illnesses

If you or a loved one has a chronic illness, it’s exhausting but help is available.

Palliative Care focuses on providing adults and children with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is appropriate at any age (even prenatally) and at any state in a serious illness. The cost of the services is covered by most health plans.

We Offer Palliative Care in Several Convenient Locations:

  • Your home
  • Coborn Cancer Center
  • CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center for heart failure patients
  • CentraCare Clinic – River Campus
  • St. Cloud Hospital
    • Adults - Inpatient
    • Children – Inpatients and outpatients with life-threatening illnesses who are not expected to live to adulthood. We can assist children prior to birth up to age 17.

Treatment from a Team of Experts

The Palliative Care team will meet with you and your family to understand your needs. We will make a plan that respects your values and personal choices. Your primary care doctor will remain in charge of your care. Your team could include:

  • A doctor or advanced practice nurse will review and treat your symptoms, give treatment choices and set goals for care.
  • Practice nurses manage the efforts of the Palliative Care team. They track your symptoms and response to treatment. They are directly available to give extra support to you and your family.
  • Social workers help you and your family with discharge planning, community resources and relationship issues.
  • Chaplains will listen, pray and offer coping strategies and counseling. They give support based on your faith, values and spiritual needs.
  • Child life specialists

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Benefits of Palliative Care Can Include:

  • Spiritual, emotional and physical support
  • Management of pain and symptoms, such as:
    • Nausea
    • Throwing up
    • Shortness of breath
    • Anxiety
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Diarrhea
    • Spiritual distress
  • Guidance with hard and complex treatment choices
  • Help in navigating the health care system

What Is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Hospice care is meant for people in the final months of life. Palliative care, on the other hand, is available at any time during an illness. It also can take place at the same time as curative treatments.

Dealing with poor health can be difficult. We can help.