Palliative Care - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Improving the quality of your life by providing comfort, compassion, and support throughout stages of serious illness.

What is Palliative Care?

Appointments designed for patients, families and caregivers to create an individualized plan of care & relieve discomfort from symptoms.

The palliative care team includes palliative care specialist, nursing, social worker, Chaplin and psychologist.

When Should I Consider Palliative Care?

  • When diagnosed with a serious illness.
  • When hospitalized repeatedly due to illness.
  • When experiencing pain or other symptoms that cause severe discomfort and distress.
What are some examples of chronic illnesses that may benefit from palliative care?
  • Cancer
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • Liver Disease


What is the Goal of Palliative Care?

  • Open and honest discussions about your illness that gives you and your family a better understanding of your medical condition and what you may expect in the future.
  • Improve quality of life during your illness.
  • Relieve pain, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, constipation, insomnia, stress and other symptoms.
  • Assist with care coordination and personalizing your care.
  • Address emotional and spiritual concerns and the needs of your caregivers.

Common Questions & Answers:

Question: Do I have to stop medications or treatments with palliative care?

Answer: No. Palliative care is available during treatments to provide support and relief of symptoms due to illness or symptoms brought on by treatments.

Question: How is palliative care different from hospice care? 

Answer: Palliative care is focused on symptom management and can be provided when diagnosed or at any time during a serious illness.  Hospice care is recommended by medical professionals when there is a life limiting prognosis.



How Can I Access or Learn More About These Services? 

Talk with your doctor or nurse about Palliative Care options that are right for you.

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

(570) 824-3521 or Toll Free 1-877-928-2621

Palliative Social Worker: Meredith Evans, LCSW (x24699)


Palliative Care Information Links


Contact Info


  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 570-824-3521 Ext. 24699
  • 877-928-2621 Ext. 24699

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm