FAQs About Supportive Care
What is Supportive Care?
Supportive care is specialized field of medicine that focuses on providing seriously ill patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
At North Kansas City Hospital, supportive care may include pain and symptom management, information on your diagnosis and care options, coordination with your family to provide education and help with planning, emotional support and spiritual care, depending on your needs.
When is Supportive Care Needed?
Supportive care can be provided for any illness starting from the time of diagnosis. It often accompanies active treatment for chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and others.
Why is Supportive Care Needed?
Supportive care is provided when a patient with a serious or chronic illness needs help managing pain and symptoms and with coordination of care.
Who Provides Supportive Care?
Supportive care is usually provided by a team of specialists, including supportive care doctors, nurses, social workers and a chaplain. At North Kansas City Hospital, our team includes all of these professionals working in partnership with your primary doctor.
How Do I Get Supportive Care?
At North Kansas City Hospital, supportive care is always available. Ask your doctor or any healthcare provider.
Does Insurance Cover Supportive Care?
Supportive care treatments are usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans, just like other hospital or medical service. The supportive care team social worker can help you with questions.
For more information about supportive care at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1555.