What is Supportive Care?
Supportive Care is specialized care for patients with an advanced illness, where the emphasis is placed on relieving symptoms, emotional distress and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.
The 360 Supportive Care Team is made up of many members, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplain, along with other healthcare specialists.
Who can receive Supportive Care?
Supportive Care is appropriate for any patient with a serious illness, at any stage in the disease process, and can be provided along with curative treatment. It is available in many different care settings and there is no limit on the amount of time a patient can receive Supportive Care services.
Serious, chronic illness include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/ lung disease
- Heart disease/ Congestive Heart Failure
- Dementia/ Alzheimer’s
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Parkinson’s, ALS, MS
Benefits of Supportive Care
360 Supportive Care offers a variety of services tailored to meet the individual needs of patients and families to increase quality of life.
- Potential relief of symptoms associated with a serious illness
- Close communication and coordination with your healthcare provider
- Community resources for patients and families
- Education on disease process and course of the illness
- Advanced Care Planning and preparation of advanced directives
- Follow-up phone calls to provide medication reconciliation, re-enforcement of symptoms management, physical, psychological and emotional needs
- Bereavement, grief and spiritual support
- Easier transition to hospice care as the serious illness progresses