Every Hospice Austin patient is cared for by the physicians and nurse practitioners of Austin Palliative Care.
Austin Palliative Care also provides a community-based palliative care program for patients with a serious illness who are undergoing curative treatments. The purpose of palliative medicine is to lessen the physical symptoms of the disease and/or treatment of the disease. Palliative care is for any patient with a chronic, potentially life-limiting illness.
You may want to consider a palliative care consult for patients with a serious illness and:
- multiple hospital or emergency room visits
- declining functional or cognitive ability that interferes with three or more activities of daily living
- you would not be surprised if your patient dies within the next 12 months
Clinical care benefits include:
- advance care planning
- disease education
- social determinants of health assessment
- symptom assessment
- caregiver burden assessment
- medication reconciliation
- care coordination
Patients are seen by physicians and nurse practitioners in the comfort of wherever a patient considers home. To learn more about our community-based palliative care program for patients not ready for hospice care, please visit AustinPalliativeCare.org.