What is Palliative Care?

For those living with a serious illness, understanding and navigating healthcare options can be an overwhelming task. Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice is there to support you or your loved one wherever you are on the journey. Mount Evans is an award winning non-profit home healthcare agency located in Evergreen that has been serving the mountain communities of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Park, and Jefferson counties for more than 40 years. One of the multiple programs that Mount Evans offers to the community is our Palliative Care Program.

Palliative Care is a type of healthcare for individuals with chronic or progressive illnesses that aims to alleviate symptoms and improve overall quality of life. Services focus on pain and symptom management and allow for curative treatment to also be sought at any point in the prognosis of a serious illness. The Palliative Care program at Mount Evans follows a consultative model, which means that our team partners with your primary care physician in order to support you, taking into consideration your health history, previous physician interactions, current goals, and prognosis. Our Palliative Care team provides holistic care by providing physical, emotional, spiritual, and logistical assistance. To achieve this goal, our team consists of multiple disciplines including Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, and our Spiritual Care Coordinator that all meet with you in your home.

The team’s goals are specific to each and every patient that they work with. Our Nurse Practitioners partner with patients to define quality of life and then identify goals to uphold and enhance it. They often implement interventions to treat symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, lack of appetite, or weakness. Our Social Workers assist in providing emotional support and navigating various logistics, including but not limited to, advanced directives planning and completion, changing care needs, and community resources. The Spiritual Care Coordinator provides non-denominational spiritual and emotional support through meaningful conversation, listening, and assisting in connection to spiritual or religious resources based on each patient’s expressed needs. Our Palliative Care team functions in support of patients, their families, and other loved ones.

Anyone diagnosed with a serious illness who is experiencing unmanaged physical and/or emotional symptoms could benefit from services through the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice Palliative Care Program. In order to begin Palliative Care, you can speak with your physician or call Mount Evans directly and we will reach out to them. Additional information can be found at  mtevans.org/services/palliative-care or by calling us at 303-674-6400.

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