“Palliative care” is a way of caring for patients who are facing a life-threatening illness.

By enhancing patients’ comfort and controlling pain, palliative care ensures the highest possible quality of life regardless of the person’s age, stage of disease or need for other therapies. Treatment focuses on pain and other symptoms relief and address patients’ and family members’ emotional and social issues and spiritual concerns.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care partners with Cottage Hospital, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and St Francis Foundation to provide the Palliative Care Consult Team for patients who are in the hospital. The team includes specially trained doctors, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care partners with the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic to provide the Community Palliative Care Program. This program provides services outside the hospital setting. The Community Palliative Care team consists of a doctor, a nurse practitioner and medical social worker specially trained in palliative care. A primary focus of this program is to connect patients and families to community resources, and provide a smooth transition when the patient moves from the hospital to home, or to another care setting.

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