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Palliative Care

Caring Treatment for Serious Illness

Palliative Care is specialized care that focuses on improving quality of life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

At Butler Health System, we take a team approach to care for the whole person - physically, emotionally and spiritually. This care is provided by a core team of specially-trained doctors, physician assistants, nurses and social workers who create a program based on the patient's individual goals.


For your convenience telehealth visits are available from the comfort of your home or at one of our facilities in your community.

Telehealth visits uses audio and video capabilities so that you and your care team can discuss symptoms and treatment plans. Call 724-968-5330 to schedule a telehealth appointment. For more information about telehealth and to sign up for our patient portal to access your telehealth visit, click here.

Question Palliative Care Hospice
Who can be treated? Anyone with a serious illness at any stage of their disease Anyone with a serious illness whom doctors think has only a short time to live, often less than 6 months
Will my symptoms be relieved? Yes, as much as possible Yes, as much as possible
Can I continue to receive treatments to cure my illness? Yes, if you wish No, only symptom relief will be provided
Will Medicare pay? It depends on your benefits and treatment plan Yes, it pays all hospice charges
Does private insurance pay? It depends on the plan It depends on the plan

How long will I be cared for?

This depends on what care you need and your insurance plan

As long as you meet the hospice's criteria of an illness with a life expectancy of months, not years
not years

Where will I receive this care?

• Home
• Assisted living facility
• Nursing home
• Hospital

• Home
• Assisted living facility
• Nursing home
• Hospice facility• Hospital
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