If you are experiencing pain and anxiety from a complex illness, our Palliative Care team can provide you with specialized medical care that focuses on managing your symptoms. We will work together with you, your family and your physician(s) to help you understand your treatment options, giving you more control over your illness, and improving your quality of life.
Our clinical staff in the Palliative Care department hold Master’s Degrees in nursing. We’re proud to have an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with advanced certifications in hospice and palliative care in our team.
- Nurse Practitioners (NP)
- Registered Nurses, Certified Hospice/Palliative Care Nurses (CHPN)
- Our Nurse Practitioners are experienced in chronic care management and geropsychiatric care.
- Patients experience improved quality of life and decreased re-hospitalizations with symptom management and patient education.
Specialized Care & Support
- Care Coordination
- Advance Care Planning
- Expert Pain & Symptom Management
- Family & Caregiver Support
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness including Heart Failure, COPD, Cancer, Dementia, Chronic Renal Failure, Diabetes Complications, Multiple Sclerosis, frailty or Malnutrition, and other chronic illnesses. Patients can receive Palliative Care services while still receiving curative treatment for their disease, and it is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease.
If you are homebound, Home Care Palliative Nurse visits will be covered under all insurances accepted by Cornerstone VNA.
If you are not homebound, our Community Palliative Care Nurse visits may be covered under Medicare Part B or an approved commercial payer program (ask for a list) and will be billed to the insurance like any other medical procedure.
A referral to Cornerstone VNA Palliative Care can be made by you, a family member or a physician.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a diagnosis, such as cancer, dementia, heart disease, lung disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MS (multiple sclerosis) or any illness that causes distressing symptoms. Patients can receive Palliative Care services while still receiving curative treatment for their disease.
How can Palliative Care help me?
We focus on providing patients relief from the symptoms due to a complex illness, regardless of the diagnosis. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for you and your family, and decrease the need for emergency room visits or re-hospitalizations.
Do I have to be homebound to be a Palliative Care patient?
You do not need to be homebound to receive this service and care is provided wherever you call home, such as a private residence, assisted living facility, or nursing home.
What do I need to do to become a Palliative Care patient?
We encourage you to talk to your physician about a referral to our Palliative Care program. You can also contact us to learn more about our program and find out if Palliative Care is right for you.