Palliative Care

Even in illness,
life can hold
hope and joy.

Palliative Care at Hartford Hospital honors patient and family values and preferences for care, across their lifecycle, through highly-skilled, integrated palliative care.

What we do

We establish active partnerships and create conversations to address physical concerns and elicit social, psychological and spiritual themes associated with serious illness.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the person and family. Your physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs are considered when planning your care.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and any stage of illness. It can be provided along with curative treatment.

How does the Palliative Care Team work with my physicians?

The Palliative Care Team communicates regularly with your provider and other members of the healthcare team so that everyone understands the plan of care. We provide the team with information about your needs and preferences.

Meet Our Team

Who pays for palliative care?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, will cover palliative care.

How do I get palliative care?

Just ask for it! Tell your doctor that you would like to see the palliative care team.

Palliative care helps…


when you have been diagnosed with a serious illness


when you have pain or other physical symptoms


you talk with your family about your illness


you ensure your medical care is aligned with your values and preferences


you communicate your goals with your medical team


you are dealing with the stress of serious illness


when you are looking for meaning and connection


when you need information about your illness


when you need someone to listen to your concerns

Palliative Care

Helpful Links

Get Palliative Care

PREPARE for your care

The conversation project

CAPC (Center to Advance Palliative Care)

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine)

HPNA (Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association)

SWHPN (Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network)

Hartford HealthCare at Home Palliative Care