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Palliative Care

Benefits of palliative care

  • Pain and symptom management, including side effects from cancer treatment, respiratory illness, Alzheimer's, Dementia, end-stage renal disease and ALS
  • Advanced illness management
  • Assistance with goals of care, outcomes and Advanced Directives
  • Support and hope for patients and families
  • Decreased hospital visits
  • Functional improvement

Staff Benefits of palliative care

  • Offers expertise in difficult situations, such as pain and symptom management
  • Assists with difficult communication and decision making (Advance Care Planning, Disease Management)
  • Helps with emotional and spiritual issues
  • Improves staff morale with successful interventions for challenging patients

Expectations of palliative care

  • Relief of distressing symptoms
  • Better understanding of disease process and choices of treatment
  • Improved quality of life
  • Realistic goal setting
  • Improved functionality
  • Excellent symptom management


Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances.

Beacon Hospice Care is available in MA, CT, RI, NH, ME.