Palliative care is for anyone living with a serious illness.


Palliative care is about living well with serious illness. It’s available to patients at any stage of any serious illness. If you or someone you care about is seriously ill, getting palliative care is one of the best things you or they can do.

Palliative care is a distinct medical specialty that helps patients live as well as possible for as long as possible and helps relieve their pain, stress, and other symptoms.

– From Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, Distinguished Professor, UCSF, author of Life after the Diagnosis

Our palliative care patients can start or continue curative treatments, such as radiation, blood transfusions or chemotherapy. Our team will discuss treatment options with patients and their families, giving them the information needed to make informed decisions about their treatment choices.

Care can start soon after the diagnosis of an illness that causes distressing symptoms or repeated emergency room visits, which can reduce quality of life.

Palliative Care in a Facility
In collaboration with our hospital partners, our palliative care team offers pain and symptom management for patients and support for their families and caregivers. These services are available to patients at:

  • Marin General Hospital
  • Nazareth House
  • Sonoma Valley Hospital
  • Sonoma Acres
  • Broadway Villa, Sonoma
  • The Meadows, Yountville

By the Bay Health… a holistic approach to advanced illness, delivering patient/family centered care that optimizes quality of life.

Hospice by the Bay is offering a new service to provide palliative care in the home, in addition to the locations above. This will provide help to people living at home with a serious illness who are not getting the care and services they need. Our expert team will provide an extra layer of support to help reduce the stress of serious illness and improve quality of life at home, with a focus on pain and symptom management. Palliative care in the home may also provide care coordination and navigation services. This care supplements treatments provided by the patient’s primary physician.

At this time, not all health plans offer a palliative care benefit. If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness, and need help managing symptoms to improve the quality of life, please confirm coverage with your insurer and then contact us at (415) 444.9210 for a consultation and insurance coverage details. We’re also happy to answer general questions about palliative care.

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