Palliative Care

Palliative Care is a medical sub-specialty designed for individuals and their loved ones that are living with serious or life-limiting illness. In 2011, I had the opportunity to launch a new palliative care program for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and I have been certified as an advanced practice hospice and palliative nurse from 2012 thru 2020. I have truly enjoyed caring for people during these sacred times, and I am excited to offer this service in our community. In collaboration with your usual care provider, we can:

  • treat pain, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and other physical symptoms of illness
  • address anxiety, depression, and other emotional symptoms of illness
  • explore disease progression and what to expect
  • identify and document your goals for your care
  • facilitate completion of advanced directives and provider orders for life sustaining treatment

Palliative Care Frequently Asked Questions

Will Tincture of Thyme accept insurance for Palliative Care visits?

No. To keep our visit costs low, we don’t manage insurance claims. The cost of your visits at Tincture of Thyme will be similar to the standard deductible cost of a Palliative Care visit at many local clinics. Because Donna is a licensed nurse practitioner with certification in Palliative Care, your insurance may cover these services if you submit your visit receipts.

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Palliative care and hospice both focus on treating the symptoms of serious illness. Because of the way Medicare funds hospice, patients can only get hospice when they are done with medical treatments and their life expectancy is 6 month treatments or less. Palliative care is appropriate for anyone struggling with symptoms of serious disease while they continue receiving life-prolonging treatment for the disease, regardless of length of life expectancy.