Palliative Care Relieves Suffering,
Controls Pain and Enhances Life

Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tive) is specialized medical support that focuses on patients with chronic illnesses to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. These chronic, life-threatening conditions include Congestive Heart Failure, Stroke, Kidney Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

The McLeod Palliative Care Team works with the patient’s physician to provide care to allow for less pain and improved control of symptoms.

For more information on McLeod Inpatient Palliative Care, please call (843) 777-2997.
To reach McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care, call (843) 777-4775.


  • Explaining Palliative Care

    Palliative care describes a medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering, related to a serious illness. Inpatient Palliative Care at McLeod Regional Medical Center and McLeod Loris Seacoast use a team approach to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

    Palliative care focuses on the patient’s need for pain and symptom control, spiritual counseling and developing advance directives or coordinating links to other community services.

  • Benefits of McLeod Inpatient Palliative Care

    McLeod Inpatient Palliative Care benefits include:

    • Increasing survivorship
    • Controlling pain and symptoms
    • Improving quality of life and satisfaction for patients and their families
    • Avoiding prolonged suffering
  • McLeod Palliative Care Reaches Beyond the Patient

    The McLeod Palliative Care Inpatient Consultation Team:

    • Addresses the medical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and their family.
    • Educates patients and families about the expected disease progression and prognosis.
    • Assists with developing a plan of care, including assistance with decisions related to future medical treatments.
    • Facilitates communication between health care providers and the patient/family.
    • Coordinates services with other agencies, including long-term care, home health, hospice and rehabilitation.

    For more information on McLeod Inpatient Palliative Care, please call (843) 777-2997.

  • McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care

    McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care works with your primary care doctor to add support and treat symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. We can also assist with advance care planning and establishing goals of care to ensure your medical wishes are respected.


    • What is the Purpose of Palliative Care? Palliative care helps to enhance your quality of life by reducing symptoms caused by chronic illness. This level of care improves your ability to carry on your normal daily activities and continue to receive medical treatments. Palliative Care also helps you better understand your medical condition and choices for medical care.
    • Who Should Receive Palliative Care? Anyone who is experiencing symptoms caused by an illness such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, kidney disease or dementia.
    • Who Provides Outpatient Palliative Care? The McLeod Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner makes visits to your home and is also available by phone as needed to assist with symptom management.
    • How Does Outpatient Palliative Care Work with My Primary Care Doctor? The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner works on a consultative basis with your primary care doctor to provide expert symptom management. They will also spend extra time communicating with you about your goals and treatment options and help you navigate the healthcare system.
    • Where is Outpatient Palliative Care Provided? McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care services are provided in your home.
    • How are the Services Covered? Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover the cost of home visits. McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information about McLeod Outpatient Palliative Care, please call (843) 777-5601.