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What is Palliative Care?

In its simplest form, palliative care is centered around improving the quality of life for patients dealing with a serious illness. By focusing on the physical and emotional needs that may arise, palliative care seeks to minimize the impact these limitations may present.

Palliative care provides a layer of support that can serve many purposes. From help navigating the often complex medical system to targeting the symptoms associated with curative care plans, palliative care is an added benefit that can ease many of the burdens that result from the illness or the treatment of the illness.

How Can I Benefit from Palliative Care?

Serious illnesses come in many forms, as do the challenges associated with them. The Center for Hope’s Palliative Care Program is designed with this in mind.

After a full medical evaluation, we’ll discuss plans and options and, most importantly, what issues are of your highest concern. Your palliative care plan can include physical problems (like pain, shortness of breath or trouble sleeping, for example), emotional and spiritual concerns, or the practical problems brought on by an illness.  A proper palliative care plan can address any or all of these issues, bridge the gaps in your doctor’s care plan, and help you remain as independent as possible.

Why Should I Choose the Center for Hope's Palliative Care Program?

Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care has been New Jersey’s preeminent care provider for those dealing with serious or life limiting illnesses. By choosing the Center for Hope, you are bringing the finest quality care and excellent service into your life.

Our team of highly qualified individuals is specially trained to assist you and your family navigate the complexities associated with your treatment and your many needs as they arise or change.

Additionally, palliative care patients have access to our unique Emergency Response System. Instead of the traditional ‘on-call’ staff member, the Center has awake, on-duty nurses ready to respond to your emergencies and concerns at any time of the day or night - no matter what the issue.

Am I Appropriate for the Center's Palliative Care Program?

Patients with the following conditions would benefit from the Center for Hope’s Palliative Care program:

  • Essentially homebound (making visits to doctors presents a significant challenge and/or is a struggle)
  • Life-limiting illness
  • Symptom management is beyond the control of a family caregiver

The Palliative Care program is designed to help those wishing to remain as independent as possible and out of the hospital. Our Nurse Practitioners can help identify resources that could mitigate any limitations your condition may have imposed.

Currently, the program is open to Medicare B recipients who are facing an illness that prevents normal functioning. Call us today to learn more about what’s available to you.

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Both hospice care and palliative care have the goal of reducing pain and effective symptom management in the face of a serious or life-limiting illness. However, palliative care can begin as soon as a diagnosis is reached and can occur concurrently with active treatment.

If you or a loved one feel that palliative care would be beneficial or if you have any addition questions, please call the Center at 908.889.7780 to speak with our palliative care team.