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Supportive care

Improving your parent’s quality of life

If you are caring for a parent with a serious illness, Novant Health supportive care can help relieve their symptoms, pain and stress.

Supportive care, also known as palliative care, is available to all patients who need it – no matter what their diagnosis, age or stage of disease. It doesn’t replace medical care but instead compliments active treatment.

Our specially trained support care experts will work with your parent’s primary care doctor to provide an extra layer of support, including:

  • Easing symptoms that cause distress – We can prescribe medications or other methods to help treat symptoms including pain, anxiety, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, loss of energy and trouble sleeping.
  • Coordinating care – This helps ensure each care provider is aware of the goals of care. Team members communicate regularly to ensure these goals are understood and are being met.
  • Meeting emotional and spiritual needs – Our supportive care specialists can help you and your parent cope with stress, depression, anxiety and other issues. We can also set up meetings with counselors or spiritual advisers if desired.
  • Giving information and helping with decisions – We also can help you get additional information about treatment options or support networks, and can also help when care decisions need to be made.

Learn more about Novant Health supportive care