Palliative Care

If you have a serious illness, palliative care offers an extra level of support to help you re-engage in the activities you enjoy and that matter most to you. This kind of care includes pain and symptom management, spiritual and emotional support, education, and referral to community resources.

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. 

Our palliative care team works collaboratively with your primary care physician to support you, your family, and your caregivers.

  • A palliative care physician / nurse practitioner will assess your needs and make home visits to help manage your symptoms and ensure your comfort. 
  • Nurses are on-call 24/7 for consultations.
  • A medical social worker will provide emotional and practical support. 
  • Spiritual counselors offer unbiased support regardless of your faith.
  • Our volunteers can provide companionship and respite.
  • Our team will help you discuss your goals of care, make informed decisions, and guide you through the documents that empower your choices. 

For more information about palliative care, contact Bethany Berkowitz, RN, BSN, PHN at BBerkowitz@MissionHospice.org or 650.554.1000.