Palliative Care

Palliative Care Services for Seriously Ill Patients

Penn Medicine provides palliative care services to patients in the clinics of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at Pennsylvania Hospital in Center City Philadelphia.

Penn's home-based palliative care program, Caring Way, is administered through Penn Home Care & Hospice Services. Patients with advanced cancer may also be eligible for extra services through a home-based, grant-funded program called Comprehensive Longitudinal Advanced Illness Management (CLAIM)™.
Patients in need of hospice services at home may access care through Penn Home Care & Hospice Services.

Outpatient Services

The outpatient program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania provides palliative care services through the Palliative Care Clinic located at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

The outpatient program at Pennsylvania Hospital based at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center  provides services to patients with a diagnosis of cancer. This full-service, multidisciplinary program complements traditional cancer therapies and treatments by offering music and art therapies, and Shiastsu therapy. It is offered to all patients at the point of diagnosis, regardless of prognosis, and in conjunction with curative therapies.

Home Care Services

Penn's Caring Way program provides palliative care services to patients who are homebound and need skilled nursing care. This program provides extra support to patients and helps them remain at home, preserving their independence while continuing treatment for a serious illness.

Frail elderly patients living in West Philadelphia may also be eligible for ElderPAC, a program run jointly by the Ralston House Calls program and Caring Way. It offers palliative services to older adults in their own home and in collaboration with the patient's health care provider.

Learn more about Caring Way

Comprehensive Longitudinal Advanced Illness Management (CLAIM)™ — a grant-supported, home care program that provides patients with advanced cancer the extra care to better manage symptoms, access in-home support, improve quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.

Learn more about CLAIM

Home hospice care is provided to eligible patients in the Philadelphia metropolitan region who have discontinued treatment and want physical, emotional and spiritual comfort in the last few weeks or months of their lives.

Learn more about Penn Wissahickon Hospice