Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.
Properly filled-out Advanced Directives, including a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney, can help in situations where the patient is unable to speak for themselves. The peace of mind for family is invaluable.
COPD or other chronic illnesses, pain management or symptom management are some examples of where Supportive Care Services can help. Knowing that this service is available can help immensely.
As Supportive Services (or Palliative Care) is classified a specialty, it needs to be consulted or referred by a physician. It is an extra layer of support for the patient while they are facing serious illness.