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Palliative Care

Relieving Pain, Symptoms and Stress

People who struggle with pain and symptoms brought on by serious illness, but who are not ready or don’t qualify for hospice care, often benefit from palliative care. At Care Dimensions, our palliative care specialists work with the patient’s existing doctors to provide an extra layer of support that improves quality of life at any stage of a serious illness—from diagnosis through treatment.

We work closely with patients and caregivers to clarify goals and help them understand what to expect as illness progresses. Our focus is to improve everyday life, restoring independence, comfort and joy.

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Anyone—patient, family, care provider—can make a Palliative Care referral. Call 888-283-1433.

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We offer services in 37 communities.

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Multidimensional Care

Our palliative care specialists offer a continuum of care, including the following:

  • Diagnosis and prognosis discussions, especially when prognosis may be unclear
  • Discussions relating to your goals of care
  • Advanced care planning assistance
  • Complex pain and symptom management and evaluation of current medications
  • Care coordination with patient’s doctor and specialists
  • Consultations in your home
  • Help with treatment decisions based on realistic goals
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Transition to hospice care when needed
  • Caregiver education

A Layer of Assistance

Palliative care offers a much-needed layer of assistance to patients and families, reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits. We help patients better manage their symptoms that affect quality of life, including:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleeping problems
  • Eating difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Stress

Care at Any Age and Stage

Palliative care enhances daily life for adults with chronic or advanced diseases, including:

  • Cancer (any stage)
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease
  • Respiratory disease (COPD, emphysema)
  • Cardiac disease, congestive heart failure, stroke
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • Multiple Sclerosis


After three visits from her Care Dimensions Palliative Care nurse, Ginny noticed remarkable changes. “My pain just stopped being a barrier to my quality of life,” she said.

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Our Palliative Care Team

Care Dimensions’ palliative care team includes physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers. We work with each patient’s primary care physician and specialists to deliver seamless care.

Our interdisciplinary team brings together the skills and experience of:

  • Board certified physician specializing in palliative care coordinates care with primary physician and specialists
  • Nurse practitioner manages symptoms and pain
  • Social worker helps patients and families cope with emotional and practical issues

Where You Need Us to Be

Care Dimensions travels wherever you need us to be. We structure personalized and practical palliative care programs that help patients:

  • In hospitals
  • At home
  • In assisted living and skilled nursing facilities

Payment for Palliative Care

All or part of a palliative care consultation is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans.

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After being diagnosed with cancer of the tissue lining the abdomen, Steve turned to Care Dimensions for palliative care to manage his symptoms and help him live the way he wanted while dealing with a serious illness.

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After a hospital stay for congestive heart failure and rapid atrial fibrillation at the age of 91, Phyllis Kransberg of Beverly, MA, discovered that palliative care was just what she needed to help keep her out of the hospital and back on track. 


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After developing circulatory problems in his legs and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), Mike Lester endured surgeries, complications, rehabilitation stays, and the amputation of his left leg. Hear how palliative care from Care Dimensions is helping him get his quality of life back.

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Palliative care offers a much-needed layer of assistance to patients and families that can reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits by better managing symptoms at home.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore,  has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.

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