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Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.*

Palliative care:

  • Promotes quality of life
  • Relieves symptoms and stress
  • Helps at any age or any stage of illness
  • Is provided along with other medical treatments

What can you expect?

Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists who work together with your other providers to offer an extra layer of support.

Palliative care will:

  • Treat symptoms
  • Help you make decisions based on what’s important to you
  • Prepare you for the future
  • Offer emotional and spiritual support

Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.* Learn more.

Where can I get palliative care?

Palliative care is provided in many different settings, including in the hospital, in outpatient settings and via telehealth.

Palliative care is available at:

Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
MaineHealth Care at Home
Maine Medical Center
Mid Coast Hospital
Pen Bay Medical Center
Saint Joseph's Rehabilitation
Southern Maine Health Care
Waldo County General Hospital

Pediatric Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care is for infants, children and adolescents with serious illnesses. Not all have terminal illnesses, but all suffer from a serious medical condition that affects their quality of life.