Home Based Palliative Care

Home Based Palliative Care is a supportive style of medicine for patients with progressive, terminal illnesses including cancer, heart, lung and neurologic disease. The goal is to achieve comfort, improve quality of life and provide support for patient and caregivers. Pain and symptom control related to physical, emotional and psycho-social concerns are evaluated and managed.


  • You’re a Kaiser Permanente member
  • You have been diagnosed with a progressive and advanced medical condition, need assistance with symptom management (such as pain, shortness of breath, frequent infections, etc.) and desire to receive this care at home
  • You and your caregivers are willing participants in your palliative plan of care
  • Because of your illness or injury, you’re homebound and a physician certifies that you’re homebound
  • The home where you get the care is in the Kaiser Permanente service area
  • The home is a place where services can be given safely and effectively
  • Your physician has referred you to Home Based Palliative Care services
  • All of your medical care is received under the direction of a Kaiser Permanente physician

Types of Care

Skilled Nursing Care

Our skilled nurses can help you and your family in several ways, including:

  • Assisting you and your caregivers to manage your treatment plan safely and independently
  • Provide a skilled team to plan and coordinate your Home Based Palliative Care needs which comes under the advisement of your managing physician
  • Administering treatments to manage symptoms and quality of life
  • Planning and coordinating your health care needs with your physicians and other professional caregivers in outpatient and community clinics

Rehabilitation Services

When ordered by your physician physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatments may be provided to improve quality of life and safety.

Social Services

Our social workers can help you identify and secure Kaiser Permanente and community resources as needed. They can also provide counseling to help you deal with the impact of illness or long-term care.

Home Health Aides

When you qualify for Home Based Palliative services, our home health aides can help with short term intermittent personal care.