Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure.  Patients in palliative care may receive medical care for their symptoms, or palliative care, along with treatment intended to cure their serious illness.  Palliative care is meant to enhance a person’s current care by focusing on quality of life for them and their family.

When someone enrolls in hospice, they automatically receive palliative care.  But if you think you might benefit from palliative care outside of a hospice program, ask your physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for a referral to a palliative care provider.  Many hospitals now offer palliative care services, and many hospices have palliative care groups that operate separately from their hospice services.

Hospice Services

Hospice services are available to persons who no longer benefit from curative treatment and have a life expectancy of six months or less.  The focus of hospice is pain and symptom control.  Most hospices offer visits from nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers.  Bereavement services are offered to the friends and family members of the patient.

Associations for hospice programs:

Hospice Care Providers

AseraCare Hospice Care – Omaha
An Amedisys Company
11128 John Galt Boulevard, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68137

402-926-2347 Fax

AseraCare Hospice Care – Council Bluffs
An Amedisys Company
2000 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
712-325-1895 Fax

EveryStep Hospice
300 West Broadway, Suite 114
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Gentiva Hospice
444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68114
888-GENTIVA (436-8482)

Prime Home Care LLC/Compassionate Care Hospice
7253 Grover Street
Omaha, NE 68124
402-390-9070 Fax

St. Croix Hospice – Council Bluffs
1920 Rue Street, Suite 3
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

St. Joseph Villa Homecare & Hospice
825 Dorcas Street
Omaha, NE 68108-1160
402-393-8230 Fax

Tabitha Home Health Care & Hospice
1044 North 115th Street, Suite 202
Omaha, NE 68154

Hospice Inpatient Communities

Hospice House
The Josie Harper Residence
7415 Cedar Street
Omaha, NE 68124
402-343-8659 Fax