Orlando Health is committed to providing the best possible care to all of our patients, especially those who struggle with the symptoms and everyday challenges of chronic disease, a serious illness, or a new and challenging diagnosis. Whether you’re facing chronic lung issues or heart disease, the Orlando Health Supportive Care Program can offer solutions to help manage side effects associated with disease progression and ongoing treatment, such as weight loss, anxiety and pain.
Supportive care, also known as palliative care, is a healthcare specialty focused on:
- Managing your symptoms (shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, pain, sleeping problems, medication-related symptoms)
- Addressing your worries, concerns, spiritual struggles and the challenges of living with a serious illness, whether they are the result of your underlying disease or related to your treatment
- Filling out advance directives that document your preferences for case as your illness progresses
- Initiating conversations about what’s happening with your disease and what comes next
Do you need extra help to cope with your disease, symptoms, treatments or ongoing challenges that impact your quality of life? During your next visit, ask your Orlando Health provider about arranging a meeting with the Supportive Care team. The Supportive Care team is located in the Orlando Health Heart Institute and sees cardiac patients on the 4th floor and pulmonary patients on the 2nd floor.