Palliative Care Criteria

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis.

The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Who Qualifies for St. Francis Palliative Care?

Our program is focussed on patients with serious illness who are based in the community – at home or in a nursing facility. We currently have a limited capacity to see patients with serious illness who are in need of symptom management or clarification of goals of care.

To refer a patient to our program please call (808) 595-7566.  We do need a referral from a primary care physician or oncologist, and our team can assist in obtaining this.