Palliative Care

Palliative care offers people with serious illness an extra level of physical, emotional, and spiritual support to improve quality of life. This kind of care includes pain and symptom management, spiritual and emotional support, education, and referral to community resources. Our palliative care team works collaboratively with your primary care physician to support you, your family, and your caregivers.

Palliative care is for people with serious, life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, dementia, neurological disorders, or stroke, whose primary care physician considers to be in the last phase of life. People may qualify if, in the past six months, they have made frequent visits to the emergency department or have been frequently hospitalized. Other qualifications include decline in function, loss of appetite, and/or weight loss.

The Mission Hospice palliative care team includes a palliative care physician, the palliative care director, a nurse practitioner, a medical social worker, a spiritual counselor, and volunteers.

Your palliative care team — in consultation with your personal physician — will:

  • Assess your needs and review your medical treatment and medication
  • Review discharge instructions from hospital, if appropriate
  • Develop a Plan of Care to address your concerns
  • Discuss and help you complete your POLST and Advance Health Care Directive
  • Provide phone access to a triage nurse 24/7
  • Offer volunteer support for companionship and respite for families

We can offer referrals to community resources for home health care, durable medical equipment, and facility placement, which are not included in palliative care.

For more information, contact Palliative Care Director Kay Coskey, RN, MSN, NP at 650.554.1000 or by email.