Palliative Care

Many people are confused about the difference between palliative care and hospice. While the two share some similarities, such as focusing on quality of life, pain management, and addressing psychological, spiritual and social issues, they are actually quite different. Palliative care services falls under an umbrella of any care that alleviates physical and emotional health, even if the diagnosis is not terminal. In fact, palliative care can begin upon the onset of treatment to help patients feel more comfortable by focusing on the relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of appetite and nausea.

The purpose of palliative care is to provide a better understanding of medical care choices, detailed practical information and assistance, and emotional support for both the patient and their family. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. Palliative care is a team approach. The core includes doctor, nurse and social work palliative care specialists. Massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists, chaplains and others may also be part of the team.

Hospice care is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to curative treatment, traditionally when life expectancy is less than six months.


Get Palliative has provided a list of hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the state of Massachusetts that offer palliative care services. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

The Palliative Care Provider Directory of Hospitals is a resource to help you or a loved one locate a hospital in your area that provides palliative care. Hospitals marked in green are verified through the National Palliative Care Registry™.

Hospice Palliative Care





Community Based Palliative Care

Community-based palliative care includes a variety of models of care designed to meet the needs of seriously ill individuals and their families, outside of the hospital setting.

Additional Palliative Care Information – that includes articles of interest, regulatory resources and other links.

NHPCO’s Caring Connections offers more information about palliative care and hospice, advance care planning, caregiving, coping with pain, grief and much more.


Palliative care can be helpful through all stages of illness. Early on, it can help make medical treatments more tolerable; at later stages, it can reduce suffering, help you carry on with daily life, assist you in planning for future medical care, and provide support for living with a life-threatening illness. Palliative care focuses on the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Our team of professionals aims to provide comfort, preserve your dignity, and help you achieve open communication with your family and caregivers.

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c2Patients who struggle with symptoms brought on by advanced illness often benefit from palliative care. Our Care Dimensions palliative care specialists bring comfort and relief at any time during a person’s illness—whether curable, chronic, or life-limiting— from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We work closely with patients and caregivers to improve everyday life, restoring independence, comfort and joy.

Pediatric Palliative Care

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 7.49.55 PM Download this free pamphlet from the American Cancer Society:
Improving Quality of Life through Palliative 





Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 7.55.06 PMDownload this free pamphlet from the American Cancer Society:
Improving your Child’s Quality of Life through Pediatric Palliative Care