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Palliative Care

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

No matter what age. No matter what type of serious illness.

One in four Americans is struggling with some type of chronic disease. This figure increases to three in four Americans if they are age 65 or older.

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.

TeleCare is now being offered to Palliative Care patients during the COVID-19 crisis; to learn more, click here.

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, in Wilmington,  and Donayre Cancer Center, in Whiteville, can also access care at these centers.

Palliative care nurse practitioners visit patients as needed to access care needs and provide pain and symptom management. Support is provided to patients and families who need the assistance of a medical social worker. Spiritual support can be requested by one of our chaplains.

We’ve served patients who have diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Renal disease
  • Cancer

What is palliative care?

Palliative care provides comfort and pain management for individuals of any age. The goals of palliative care are to:

  • 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.

Remember: palliative care is available for those of any age, at any stage of treatment.

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:




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Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
1414 Physicians Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
910.796.7900 or 800.733.1476
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