Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if palliative care is right for me?

Do you have a serious illness? Examples include, but are not limited to, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Palliative and supportive care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with treatment to improve quality of life. You can have palliative care at the same time you are receiving any type of treatment.

Who is part of the palliative care team?

Our clinic includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and pharmacy support. The hospital team is made up of physicians and a nurse practitioner. We also have the ability to access other specialty services such as physical and occupational therapists, chaplain services, child life specialists, dietitians and volunteers.

Do I have to give up my own doctor?

No. Our team works in partnership with your primary care provider and other specialty providers to provide an extra layer of support.

Where can I get palliative care?

Palliative care can be provided in many different settings. You may meet with the palliative care team during a hospital stay. You can also receive support in a clinic setting, such as going to see your primary care provider. Palliative care can also be provided in your home or at a skilled nursing facility.

How do I get palliative care at Denver Health?

Talk to your primary care provider if you feel palliative care might be right for you.

What would my visit to the Palliative Care clinic look like?

On your first visit, expect to spend about an hour with our team. Our visits are designed to give our team time to get to know you and your family and friends. This ensures our team can create a plan that is individualized to your own goals and wishes about your medical care.