Palliative Care

Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. Our palliative program is available to you at any time during your serious illness, including while you are receiving curative treatments. The goal of palliative care is to provide patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of illness, whatever the diagnosis.

Curative treatments for cancer and other diseases can cause symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and sleeplessness. Palliative care helps alleviate these symptoms, improves that patient’s ability to tolerate medical treatments and offers the patient the strength to carry on with daily life.

Care That Focuses on You.

When you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, you have a lot of questions. Not all of your concerns are medical, and your doctor has a limited amount of time with you. The palliative care team understands and can take the time you need. We offer:

  • Expert pain management and relief from distressing symptoms
  • A health care professional who can talk with you about your illness and treatment choices, with a focus on what matters most to you and your family
  • Emotional support for you and your family
  • For patients with cancer, we offer follow-up outpatient palliative care visits

A Team Committed to Your Quality of Life

The palliative care team includes specialists trained in palliative care who provide a holistic approach, including counseling and guidance, for patients as well as their families and loved ones. We work with your doctors and nurses to provide the best care tailored to your needs.

Coastal Hospice provides palliative care in a number of settings, including partnerships with TidalHealth Peninsula Regional and Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Genesis Healthcare).


Receiving Care is Easy.

Palliative care is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. However, no one is denied care based on their inability to pay.

If you’re interested in palliative care, ask your doctor for a referral. Once we’re called in, the palliative team will visit with you to learn what matters most to you and your family.

You can request a referral for palliative care from your doctor, but you can also call us directly. 


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