Welcome to the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization!
GHPCO is here for you!
The Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) website and online information center has recently relaunched and we hope you find our resources valuable and easy to access! Our mission is “To promote quality hospice and palliative care throughout Georgia by providing information, education and advocacy.” We at GHPCO are committed to helping everyone with an interest in or a need for hospice, palliative or end-of-life care find information and access to services through this avenue.
The Benefits of Membership
For more than 30 years, we haveGHPCO has been serving the people of Georgia and the organizations that provide care to those with life-limiting illnesses, their family, friends and loved ones. GHPCO and
our member organizations honor the sacred trust that is placed in us to ensure that every Georgian has access to excellent pain and symptom management, and that their physical, spiritual and emotional concerns
are addressed. We strive always to support each individual’s right to receive care of the highest quality which allows them to die pain-free and with dignity. With our members, we work to ensure that every family receives the support they need for themselves and their loved one. We invite you to use the menu at the top of this page to help you
quickly find the resources you need. Our information centeris continually growing and being updated, so if you don’t find what you
are looking for, take a moment to contact us and let us know.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatm
While all hospice patients receive palliative care, hospice care is focused on the final months or weeks of life and is formalized care intended to be provided at the end of an illness. Palliative care by itself, however, is useful in many care settings and can be provided along with treatments intended to improve or cure a condition. Individuals receiving palliative care may be at any point in their illness and do not have to qualify for this kind of care in the manner hospice patients must.
Palliative care is a growing medical specialty and is generally provided by a physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or team of these professionals in an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinic or cancer center environment. There is currently no formalized reimbursement for this kind of care and most palliative care is provided as a part of the overall treatment plan for certain chronic or serious illnesses to assist in managing symptoms and controlling pain as well as coping with stress.
Because palliative care is not a place, it may be difficult to locate a provider of this kind of care in your geographic area. We are gathering a simple directory that lists the name and contact information for palliative care providers throughout the state of Georgia. These providers may be hospitals, outpatient clinics or cancer centers and they have developed a formal palliative care program based on national standards of palliative care. (Directory to be posted soon!)