You can receive palliative care at a hospital, an outpatient clinic, nursing home, or at home.
A palliative care team can visit you if you are sick and in the hospital. You can also choose to meet with them in the clinic. If you are extremely sick, receiving care at home is also an option. Doctors encourage patients to talk about where they want their care.
You should have these conversations with your family and friends, especially if you are extremely sick. Most people like to spend the last few days of their life at home with family and friends. However, this does not always happen. If you do not express where you want to receive your care, there is no way for your family or doctors to know what you want.
Sadly, not all doctors or hospitals provide palliative care. Palliative care is still a growing field. Where you receive your care may differ based on where you live. Ask your doctor how and where you can receive palliative care. You can also find palliative care in your area at www.getpalliativecare.org.