Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. It can help you in making informed decisions and establishing goals about care for you or your loved one. The primary goal: to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for a patient and their family.

Although palliative care finds its origins within hospice, they are very different. While hospice is aimed at end of life care for patients with a prognosis of less than six months, palliative care can assist anyone that could benefit from symptom and pain management, regardless of their current prognosis.

A palliative care consultation can be requested by any provider and is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Our palliative care specialist, Dr. Todd Sauer, can meet with patients in any setting, such as: inpatient, clinic, nursing home or in the patient’s private residence. Dr. Sauer attended Creighton University School of Medicine, trained in family medicine in Lincoln, NE, and completed a Fellowship at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.