What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other health care providers to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Colorado Standards for Hospitals and Health Facilities, Chapter 2 – General Licensure Standards (6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 02)
How can I find Palliative Care in Colorado?
Interactive map where providers and patients can locate Palliative Care Services near them.
I am a Medical Provider
Information, tools, and resources for medical professionals.
Tools available for providers and interdisciplinary teams on ACP and Goals of Care Conversations.
Supportive Resources for Colorado Healthcare Workers is a site created in Colorado to support healthcare workers during and after the pandemic.
I am a patient, is Palliative Care right for me?
Information on what palliative care is and how it can be a resource to help you navigate all the challenges that come along with living well with serious illness.
I am a Caregiver
Resources and information for those providing care for Coloradans living with serious illness.
Advance Care Planning
Did you know?
In Colorado, if you are unable to speak for yourself, no one can automatically make medical decisions for you, not even your spouse, adult children, or doctor. Because of this “proxy law,” it is important to name a person who would speak and make medical decisions for you if you were unable. It is recommended that all Coloradans 18 and older designate a medical decision-maker in writing and talk to their decision-maker and those who matter most about what they would want.
Data and Reports
The Palliative Care Report is a multi-stakeholder effort to re-evaluate the state of Palliative Care in Colorado. This is the third version of this report and is intended to give a picture of the availability of Palliative Care Services throughout Colorado, as well as other key factors to help state-wide Palliative Care efforts. The survey was performed by Hospice Analytics with financial support from CDPHE, the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF), and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.