Palliative Care

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who provides palliative care?

Palliative care is a medical specialty.  Medical professionals who are experts in pain and symptom management will work as a team, along with your primary doctor, to support you and your family members.  The palliative team members may include physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, chaplain and social worker.

2. Where can I receive palliative care?

Palliative care is offered at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and in home settings.

3. How do I request a consultation?

You, a family member, or a health professional can call for more information and toset up a consultation at 715-847-2424 or toll free at 1-866-331-2467.

4. What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

Palliative care is available to anyone with a serious, life-limiting illness who is receiving curative treatment for their illness.  To qualify for hospice care, people are no longer seeking curative treatments and have a life expectancy of six months or less.