Pain and symptoms from serious illness can be barriers to enjoying your life. You may be feeling that each day is a struggle, but you aren’t sure where to turn for relief.

You might be experiencing one or several of the following: trouble breathing, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, loss of appetite, stress and anxiety due to your illness, steady decline in overall health or uncontrolled pain.

If your quality of life is affected by any of the above symptoms related to your serious illness, you need care that will offer relief and allow you to live out your days with comfort and dignity. Consider all of the care options available at this time and what is important to you.


Your emotional and spiritual pain is very real. You might be experiencing fear, regret, sadness, depression or a desire to take care of unfinished business or to tell friends or loved ones how you feel about them. As your condition changes, these feelings sometimes intensify and can become overwhelming.

And, while some family members seem to be at peace with your illness, others may be experiencing fear, guilt, anger, anticipatory grief or loneliness and a sense of abandonment.

Turn to a team of specially trained social workers, counselors and chaplains with expertise in chronic serious illness and end-of-life care. Help can be provided in your home, nursing home or hospital.


Like you, more than 54 million Americans are now caregivers who provide physical, emotional or logistical support to ensure that someone they know is safe, comfortable and cared for during serious illness or in their final years.

Regardless of what form your caregiving takes, it has a profound effect on your life and how you commit time, energy and emotion to your responsibilities. This can make you feel overwhelmed or isolated.

Help is available! Through workshops and one-on-one education, family caregivers can learn practical tips and receive hands-on education to ensure success in their caregiving experience.

Turn to the experts for guidance as you care for a friend, loved one or family member with serious illness or in their final years of life.


As your serious illness progresses, you may notice signs of decline, which indicate you need more help. Help is available!

Look here for more information related to these topics to help you make decisions: talking to my doctor, chronic neurological disease including dementia, long-term heart disease, lung disease, cancer, liver or renal failure, multiple diagnoses or help in the nursing home.


Hospice care is an extremely beneficial and comprehensive form of care that is also highly satisfying to patients and families. It is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance. Learn more about how care is paid for, ways to assure your wishes for care are known and the end-of-life benefits available for veterans.