What is Supportive Care?
Supportive Care is a specialized home care program focused on improving the quality of life for patients and their families by reducing the physical and emotional burdens associated with managing illness at home through expert use of:
- Symptom management
- Supportive counseling
- Advance care planning
- Communication with patient and family
Is there an appropriate time to receive Supportive Care services?
Patients can be referred to Supportive Care with a physician order. A common misperception exists that Supportive Medicine is only offered for patients who are ending curative treatment; when in fact patients can be referred to Supportive Care with a physician order at any time they feel their symptoms are not being properly managed.
Why specialty care? Don’t all home health agencies know how to treat symptoms?
While most home health agencies have a solid understanding of basic symptom management, many patients have multiple symptoms or a single difficult symptom that requires an interdisciplinary approach and specialized expertise. Supportive Care interdisciplinary team members are experts in this specialized area of medicine and have a team of professionals that specialize in the delivery of effective treatment in the home setting. By working closely with the primary team, the Supportive Care team can often manage difficult symptoms for home bound patients with a skilled need. Often times, early symptom management in the home setting enables a patient to continue with his or her current treatment plan.
Supportive Care Team
The Supportive Care team provides specialized care to patients in and around Harris County. The Supportive Care Program is under the direction of board-certified physicians specializing in Palliative Medicine. Care is administered in the patient’s home by a team of highly qualified nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and chaplains, who work with the patient and family to provide the best care possible.
To Make a Referral:
- Requires a physician order
- The Supportive Care Referral Management Team can be reached at (713) 338-7400.
- The Supportive Care team evaluates the patient for level of care needs.
- Request for Supportive Care service and evaluations can also be faxed to the Referral Management Team at 713.338.7371.