Palliative care is available to patients with a new diagnosis, patients who are considering treatment options, patients who are actively undergoing treatment, patients enrolled in clinical trials and patients near the end-of-life.

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Specialized Medical Care

An extra layer of support for patients and families at any stage of an illness.

Penn Palliative Care offers you and your family additional support, unique to your needs, throughout the course of an illness. Our comprehensive program includes inpatient and outpatient palliative care services, home care and hospice care programs. 

These programs provide assistance in treating complex symptoms, extra emotional and psychosocial support, and the opportunity to discuss and establish the goals of care. Your multidisciplinary team works closely with your physicians to help you and your family achieve your treatment goals. 

Healing Body, Mind and Spirit

The palliative care team addresses your individual physical pain or symptoms and emotional and spiritual needs with the goal of comfort, stability and peace of mind. 

The team provides individualized care and practical solutions for problems including anxiety, confusion/delirium, constipation, depression, emotional distress, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, pain, shortness of breath and spiritual distress.

Home Care and Hospice Care

Caring Way, a home health program administered through Penn Home Care & Hospice Services, provides home care to eligible patients who are in an advanced stage of any disease and receiving ongoing treatment. Penn Medicine's home and inpatient hospice programs, including Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, are managed by Penn Home Care & Hospice Services. Read More.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions regarding Penn Medicine's Palliative Care program.

Inpatient Consultative Palliative Care

Penn offers palliative care consultations for inpatients and their families and recommendations for care after discharge.

Outpatient Palliative Care and Pain Management

Penn offers several outpatient palliative care clinics. Your medical team will help to identify which clinic will best suit your needs.

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