Supportive care is the care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of supportive care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. Also called comfort care, palliative care, and symptom management.
Supportive care is often provided throughout the course of care, and is comprised of the psychosocial support associated with end-of-life process, as well as physical measures. The frequency of supportive care measures is variable. Physical measures may include range of motion and massage. Physical therapy pain management techniques should coincide with the frequent use of a medication regimen by nursing. Some mechanical pain that is not treatable with even high levels of opiates can be diminished using a physio therapist’s knowledge of biomechanics and positioning.
Pressure relief becomes an issue with progressive weakness, decreased mobility, insufficient nutrition, and fragile skin. Both seating and bed surfaces should be considered in order to manage a failing body’s integumentary system.
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