If you’re facing a serious illness, know you’re not alone: The Palliative Care team at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center is here.

Offering specialized care to help you and your family get through this difficult time, our integrated team works with your own doctor to help relieve pain and stress, ease discomfort – and improve the quality of life – when you’re facing an advanced illness such as:

  • Cancer.
  • Heart, lung or kidney disease.
  • Neurological illnesses such as stroke, ALS or dementia.

Unlike hospice care, which is meant for people in the final months of life, palliative care is available to you at any time during a serious illness – and works with your curative treatment – to help you feel better physically as well as emotionally.

The Palliative Care program at Brookhaven Hospital features a team that includes a board-certified physician, a specially trained nurse practitioner and a social worker who, together with your primary care physician, expertly provide palliative care services to support you and your family and help you maintain the most comfortable, independent and active life possible. Look to us:

  • To treat chronic pain and symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, depression and anxiety.
  • As a resource of emotional support  and assistance for  you and your family when making important care decisions.
  • As a coordinator you can trust to manage the various facets of care and treatment with all of your doctors, at any stage of your illness.

Ask your doctor to arrange a consultation with the Medical Center’s Palliative Care team today. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care, which is handled like other medical services such as oncology or cardiology. 

FAQs

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized care for those facing serious illness. It's designed to help you and your family get through this difficult time. Our integrated team works with your own doctor to help relieve pain and stress, ease discomfort – and improve the quality of life – when you're facing an advanced illness such as cancer or heart disease.

How is palliative care different than hospice?

Unlike hospice care, which is meant for people in the final months of life, palliative care is available at any time during a serious illness to help you feel better physically as well as emotionally.

Is palliative care covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care, which is handled like other medical services such as Oncology or Cardiology.