What is Supportive Care?
Supportive care is care offered to improve the quality of life of people who have a serious or life-threatening illness.
The goal of supportive care is to prevent or treat the symptoms of the illness and the side effects caused by its treatment, as well as address the psychological, social and spiritual concerns related to the illness, disease or its treatment as early as possible.
Care is about enabling people to continue to be a part of their home environment and part of their community at the same time they are accessing treatment for symptoms of an illness. Taking part in their own care plan, continuing with activities as long as possible and the presence of friends, all help to nurture and maintain a person’s sense of self. Each person’s quality of life should reflect their individual values ~ what matters to them and what they care about.
Our aim is to encourage more active and informed participation by both the person who is ill, family members and caregivers, and to provide some direction throughout the journey of care giving. The importance of offering resources is to help remove some of the apprehension and mystery of the experience of caring for someone with a life-threatening illness.
The Centre for Supportive Care provides a coordinated source of information, referral, education and support to enhance care to individuals and family in the community, as well as patients and families of the Irene Thomas Hospice. There is no charge for information and support services, counselling or equipment loan.