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Palliative Care


Palliative care is about improving quality of life for you or your loved one.

Providing a better quality of life for you and your family while navigating complex healthcare decisions.

This means that you or someone you love may benefit from palliative care.

Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is specialized medical care focused on the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life.

We’re your partner as you navigate complex healthcare situations, coordinating with your doctors to support your current treatment plan, and helping you manage pain and symptoms to improve quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Patients can receive palliative care in their homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Patients of the Zimmer Cancer Center can also access care at various clinic locations.

Palliative care nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants visit patients as needed to access care needs and provide pain and symptom management. Support may be available to patients and families who need the assistance of a medical social worker.

We’ve served patients who have diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Cancer

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a specialty medical service designed for patients who are faced with a serious illness. Palliative specialists focus on relieving suffering with a special emphasis on managing symptoms associated with the illness. Goals of care are discussed and established in partnership with patients, primary care providers, and other team members. The goals of palliative care are to relieve pain, symptoms and stress associated with a patient’s serious illness.

Palliative care can:

  • Relieve pain, symptoms and stress.
  • Reduce hospitalizations and for those hospitalized, a shorter stay.
  • Help, support and improve coordination of care.
  • Assist with discussions about goals of care.
  • Provide information and support on advance care planning.

Our expert palliative care providers work closely with your existing doctors to control disease symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Depression

If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to assist you. Please contact us to speak with a member of our health care team to see if you qualify for our palliative care program.

Please complete our form for more information on how we can help you or your loved one. Don’t wait.

Palliative Care

Quality Counts

New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, and Columbus Regional Healthcare System choose Lower Cape Fear LifeCare to provide palliative care to their patients.

Don’t Wait

Only 10% of our patients take advantage of the full Medicare hospice benefit which includes ALL medical care, medications, equipment and visits related to diagnosis.

To find out if you or someone you love qualifies for hospice, call 800.733.1476 or fill out the below form:

Palliative Care: Everything You Need To Know



What You’ll Learn

Palliative care can significantly enhance life quality at this stage. But how do you determine eligibility, and when is the right time for it? We’ll offer all the necessary information to assist you and your loved ones so you can make the most out of this time.

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While many of our patients have cancer, there are several other illnesses that are covered under palliative care. From liver disease to Parkinson’s, palliative care can provide comfort and care that improves quality of life.


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What You’ll Learn

We hold immense respect for those who have served our country and understand that veterans have unique needs in palliative care. Discover how our comprehensive healthcare team works together to offer comfort and support when it matters most.




Lower Cape Fear LifeCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the highest quality LifeCare, education, and supportive services to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve.


Hospice Honors

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On January 1, 2020, Lower Cape Fear Hospice formally changed its name to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare to better represent the spectrum of care and support they provide those in our community.