Know you need help, but not ready for hospice?

Palliative Care

Our palliative care program is here to close the gap. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Through Palliative Care we offer three separate programs designed to meet the needs of our patients.

Transitions Program

Living with Cancer

Journeys Program

Patient Testimonial

Know you need help, but not ready for hospice?

Palliative Care

Our palliative care program is here to close the gap. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Through Palliative Care we offer three separate programs designed to meet the needs of our patients.

Transitions Program 

Living with Cancer 

Journeys Program 

Patient Testimonial 

Transitions Program

Transitions Program

Care in our Transitions Program is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Transitions treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more.

Care focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression. It also helps you gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves your ability to tolerate medical treatments. And it helps you have more control over your care by improving your understanding of your choices for treatment.

We work hard to give you peace of mind. We offer various types of services and support for you and your family. It is covered by some insurance plans and is offered on a sliding fee scale.

Transitions Program Services & Support

You can choose from a broad range of options, including:
  • Monthly nursing assessment and consultation
  • Access to volunteer services
  • Monthly social work consultation
  • Availability of 24-hour nursing consultation
  • Assessment phone calls by a team member according to patient’s care goals
Also available for additional fees:
  • Nursing visits more frequently than once/month
  • Social work visits more frequently than once/month
  • Dietician visits
  • Chaplain visits
  • Nursing assistant visits
  • Counseling services
  • Physician services
  • Nurse practitioner services

Living With Cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming. HopeWest Living with Cancer is here to help you and your family from the time of diagnosis throughout the duration of your illness. Our goal is to control symptoms and improve quality of life while providing an extra layer of support to help with emotional and spiritual care and in working through legal and financial concerns.

The Living with Cancer program works closely with your entire oncology team, locally and with cancer centers and specialist across the country. We also coordinate care with your primary physician and other specialists or health care providers. Each person’s journey is unique and services are tailored to meet your individual needs.

Living with Cancer Services & Support

Monthly care and support includes:
  • Visit by RN
  • Availability of 24-hour phone consultation or visit by RN
  • Visits by a social worker, chaplain or volunteer as needed or desired
  • Consultation and care coordination with your oncology team
Additional services provided on a fee for service basis:
  • Nursing and social worker visits more frequently than one time per month
  • Physician or nurse practitioner visits

Journeys Program

Our Journeys program is designed with your needs in mind, Journeys provides care for patients whose condition has stabilized and who no longer need hospice level of care but would benefit from ongoing supportive services to help manage their serious illness.

The program offers an individualized plan of care to help address the specific needs of each patient and family. Journeys is available for patients residing in an assisted living residence, nursing homes or those who are living in their own home. The care team comes to the patient for visits, limiting additional trips to the doctor’s office.

  • Consultations with a doctor specialized in helping manage pain and symptoms
  • Monthly visits with a registered nurse, chaplain and/or social worker
  • 24-hour phone support which includes sending a care team member when needed
  • A volunteer for companionship, errands, transportation, light housekeeping, etc.

Services will be billed to the insurance provider for the eligible patient. If a patient does not have insurance coverage, the program is available on a sliding scale, which is based on income. Patients who have Medicaid pay nothing based on the sliding scale.

There is a fee for the program, which includes monthly visits with a registered nurse and if needed a social worker and/or chaplain. Journeys provides 24-hour phone support including after-hours visits from the care team if needed. Volunteer assistance is also available free of charge.

  • Patients and families may request additional visits from the team – an additional fee for services will apply.
  • Visits by nurses, social workers and chaplains are available based on the sliding scale
  • Palliative care consult visits by a physician or nurse practitioner will be billed to insurance
  • Certified nursing assistant visits are billed at an hourly rate and there is no sliding scale available for these services

Mike, HopeWest Palliative Care Patient

“The peace of mind HopeWest gives me is huge,” said Mike. “The team helps me and my wife, my caregiver. I worry less because I know she can get answers and support from the team too.”

For Mike, the Living With Cancer program not only helps comfort his physical symptoms but also eases the burden and worry he has for his family. Mike also credits his HopeWest team for the ability to get to know him on a personal level and help him work through the many emotions that couple his complex illness.

Through the ups and downs of his illness, Mike remains grateful for every day he is able to spend with his family. He says he will continue to “fight until there is no fight left” as long as he has the support of his wife, family and the HopeWest Living with Cancer program.

Mike, HopeWest Palliative Care Patient

“The peace of mind HopeWest gives me is huge,” said Mike. “The team helps me and my wife, my caregiver. I worry less because I know she can get answers and support from the team too.”

For Mike, the Living With Cancer program not only helps comfort his physical symptoms but also eases the burden and worry he has for his family. Mike also credits his HopeWest team for the ability to get to know him on a personal level and help him work through the many emotions that couple his complex illness.

Through the ups and downs of his illness, Mike remains grateful for every day he is able to spend with his family. He says he will continue to “fight until there is no fight left” as long as he has the support of his wife, family and the HopeWest Living with Cancer program.