Supportive Care

Penn Highlands Community Nurses Supportive Care

Supportive Care, sometimes called Palliative Care, is a way to describe the care given to a patient with an advanced illness.

It is not the same as hospice care, and it is a little different than home health.

Patients with advanced illnesses that don’t have a cure can face unique challenges, like frequent trips to the hospital or doctors’ offices for the management of pain and other symptoms.

The goal of Supportive Care is to ease these challenges.

Supportive Care Staff

  • Work with and educate families involved with care.
  • Determine how the patient wants to be cared for and honor those wishes. For example, a patient may decide he/she would rather forgo
  • a medication than suffer the limitations of the side effects.
  • Provide pain and symptom management to ensure the highest quality of life.
  • Coordinate care and communicate with various health care providers.
  • Support the patient and family by involving therapists, aides, clergy and social workers.

You may hear the word "palliative" care used for supportive care, and it is really the same concept aimed at assisting patients with serious and life limiting illnesses.

Who benefits from Supportive Care?

We serve patients with declining chronic conditions who have had two or more admissions to the hospital in the last six months. Some of these conditions may include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart failure
  • Lung disease/COPD
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • ALS
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease

If the patient is confined to a bed, has bed sores or non-healing wounds, is unable to eat or drink enough to sustain weight, has bowel difficulties or is overly agitated, Supportive Care may be able to help.

Our Supportive Care Team is comprised of highly-qualified and specially-trained nurses, physicians and other professionals. Our focus goes beyond medical care but also meets the psychological and spiritual needs of our patients and their families.

We encourage open communication to achieve the highest quality of life possible with respect and dignity.

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Upcoming Supportive Care Events

July 2019176:00 PM

Healing After Loss - Evening Jul 2019


July 20191712:00 PM

Healing After Loss - Afternoon Jul 2019


July 2019188:30 AM

Safe Sitter Program July 2019


July 2019235:00 PM

Coping With Loss Support Group - Evening Jul 2019


Supportive Care News

Penn Highlands Community Nurses to Host 21st Annual Chili Bowl

August 21, 2018

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Penn Highlands Community Nurses Hospice to Host Annual Butterfly Releases to Honor Loved Ones

July 15, 2018

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13th Annual Used Book Sale

May 03, 2018

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