Palliative Care 
Improving Quality of Life

For more information about pallative care services at Haywood Regional, please call 828.452.8696

Commonly Asked Questions: 

What is Palliative Care? 
Palliative care is specialized medical treatment for people with a serious illness. A serious illness is an illness, injury or physical/mental condition that involves a period of time in which a person is incapacitated with either an acute or chronic health condition. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of a serious illness and can be provided in a hospital setting, outpatient clinic, rest home, skilled nursing facility or in the patient’s home. 

What is the Goal of Palliative Care?
The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Who Provides Palliative Care?
Doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurses, social workers and chaplains, among other specialists, all work together with the patient’s medical providers to provide an added layer of support.

How Does A Person Receive Palliative Care?
Any provider involved in a patient’s care may make a referral to the Palliative Care Program by initiating an order for a palliative care consultation.

What Makes Palliative Care Different From Hospice?
There is often a misunderstanding in relation to palliative and hospice care. There are some similarities and differences. Both services can be delivered in any setting and both are designed to manage symptoms of a disease. However, hospice requires a prognosis of six months or less and care is focused on comfort when cure is not possible. Palliative care manages symptoms while the individual can continue to seek treatment or cure and the prognosis can be longer than six months.

For more information about hospice services, please contact: 

Haywood Hospice 
The Homestead
127 Sunset Ridge Road
Clyde, NC  28721
828-456-8276 (Fax)