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Supportive Care

Supportive care is a specialized form of medicine that focuses on enhancing the quality of life of patients and their families who are faced with a serious illness or chronic disease. Unlike hospice, supportive care is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses, people living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life and need comfort care.

Supportive care utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, chaplains and social workers to formulate a plan that focuses on pain relief management, chronic symptoms, stress and ongoing emotional support.

The supportive care program is centered on patients and families. We recognize that patients and their families are the experts at knowing how they want to live their lives. Our team is available to help make difficult decisions, plan ahead and cope with problems as they arise.  Supportive care can be provided in the hospital, at home, or a specialized facility such as a nursing home.

How does Palliative or Supportive Care help Patients?

Serious illness and medical treatments can cause pain, exhaustion, anxiety and depression. The supportive care team understands that illness symptoms affect your quality of life and can leave you lacking the energy or motivation to pursue the things you enjoy. The team also knows that the stress of what you are going through can have a big impact on your family. We can assist you and your family to cope with a difficult medical experience.

The team will make sure you experience a smooth transition between the hospital and other services, such as home care or nursing facilities. As a team, we provide a holistic approach to your plan of care based on your health and life goal. We look forward to working with you and your healthcare provider to help meet your specific needs so that you can achieve the highest quality of life.

Supportive care is available to provide relief from pain, stress and other medical symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. The team is there when you need to better understand your condition and choices for therapy, when you need to improve your ability to tolerate medical treatments and when you and your family need to be able to carry on with everyday life.