Palliative Care

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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a holistic, person-centered approach that improves the quality of life and relieves the suffering of patients and families living with serious illness.


Palliative care is all about what is most important to you as a whole person – not just your diagnosis.

Palliative Care Offers

Relief

Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms (physical, psychosocial and spiritual)​

Stress Management

Helps to manage the stress of living with serious illness.

Integration

Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.

Lifestyle Support

Offers a support system to help patients live actively as possible and adjust to change in their ability.

Coping Support

Offers a support system to help families cope and make a plan for end-of-life care.

Teamwork

Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families and more.

How To Get Started

Typically, your primary care physician refers you to palliative care. Please request NVNA and Hospice by name when you speak to your doctor or other healthcare provider. Or, just give us a call and we will work with your healthcare provider to get you started at  (781) 659-2342.


Patients who benefit from palliative care include those with:

  • Cancer

  • COPD

  • ALS, Parkinson’s or Dementia

  • Kidney or Liver Disease

  • Heart failure

  • Uncontrolled symptoms (pain, insomnia, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, anxiety, etc.)

  • Frequent hospital visits

Remember

All of hospice is palliative care,
but not all palliative care is hospice.

Meet The Palliative Care Team

Our team works with you and your family around your goals of
care, advanced care planning and symptom management.

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John Stevenson
M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director

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Nicole DePace
NP, MS, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN

Director, Advanced Illness Management Programs

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Sarah Driscoll
PA-C, MMSC

Palliative Care Physician Assistant
 

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Erin Egan
NP, MSN, APRN, A-GNP-BC

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
 

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Christina DeFusco
NP, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
 

We are experts in providing tender care. Your team might include our physicians, nurse practitioners, occupational, speech and physical therapists, social workers, chaplains, dietitians, and home health aides.


To learn more, please call us at (781) 659-2342 and ask for our intake team.

Understanding

Palliative Care


Our Director of Advanced Illness Management Programs explains the basics of palliative care and how it can benefit patients facing a serious illness.