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Our board-certified palliative medicine doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and chaplains are dedicated to providing comfort for those experiencing pain and stress due to a serious illness.
We’re here with education and guidance. Whether you’d like assistance discussing care options, determining your goals for care or completing an advance directive, we have the resources to help.
Your comfort and peace of mind are our priority. You and your family can expect personalized care and compassionate support every step of the way.
When you have a serious illness, you may experience distressing symptoms that can make it difficult to live the life you want. Palliative care is designed to improve your quality of life through symptom management and emotional support.
Our palliative care doctors work alongside the doctor or specialist who is already caring for you to help provide symptom relief and support services while you’re receiving treatment. No matter your diagnosis, our experienced team is here help you find comfort and identify what matters most in terms of your health care.
Palliative care, also called comfort care, is a medical specialty that supports people with serious illnesses. People of all ages and stages of illness can benefit from palliative care – and caregivers and families can, too. Palliative care specialists provide both physical and emotional support. For physical symptoms like pain, nausea, fatigue and lack of appetite, our doctors may recommend a combination of medication, physical therapy, heat or cold, massage or dietary counseling for relief.
Emotional and spiritual pain can be just as difficult to cope with as physical pain. Help for these symptoms can be found through counseling with one of our compassionate social workers or chaplains. Our goal is to provide care and support that is consistent with your values and beliefs.
- Co-management of your care with your doctor or specialist
- Guidance with difficult treatment choices
- Support to help you create care goals
- Pain and symptom management
- Patient and caregiver education focused on your medical condition
- Caregiver support
- Spiritual counseling
Palliative care can help people manage symptoms of serious illnesses and chronic conditions, including:
Our care team connects with our patients where they live. If you have a serious illness and it becomes too difficult to visit the doctor, we can send a doctor to you. Whether you’re at home, a transitional care center, a nursing home or an assisted living facility, our team of doctors and nurse practitioners can see you there.
To learn more about community-based palliative care, call us at 952-883-6875.
Our compassionate care team includes board-certified palliative medicine doctors, nurse practitioners and registered nurses with specialized training. Chaplains are here to offer support and spiritual counseling, and our social workers help you discuss your care goals and provide emotional support services for patients and families.
Palliative care is designed to help you live well with a serious illness. Palliative care specialists help you manage symptoms and provide guidance as you make decisions about your health care.
Hospice care is a type of palliative care for people who have months, rather than years, to live. The focus of hospice shifts to providing the care and support someone needs to make the best of each day during an advanced illness.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.
You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the palliative care services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners: 800-883-2177
- HealthPartners Medicare plans: Visit our contact page
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: 800-382-2000
- CIGNA: 800-244-6224 (insurance through work); 866-494-2111 (insurance directly or through the Exchange)
- Medica: 800-952-3455
- Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE
- PreferredOne: 763-847-4477 (in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750 (outside the metro area)
- United Healthcare: 877-842-3210
- Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
- Minnesota Medical Association (advance directives and provider orders for life sustaining treatment (POLST))
- Honoring Choices Minnesota (advance directives)
- Honoring Choices Wisconsin (advance directives)
- HealthPartners and Park Nicollet Advance Care Planning: 952-883-6875
- Advance care planning and health care directive information