Delivering The Care You Need
Your Care Team will consist of yourself, your family, a nurse practitioner and your physician—all focused on education, pain and symptom management, complex health care options, advanced care planning, and coordination of care across the continuum. From time to time your team may include your pharmacist, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, spiritual care counselors and therapists, as needed.
When you’re facing an advanced disease, you and your family will be faced with a number of critical decisions that will determine the course of your treatment, but you will not do so alone. Your care team will help you understand treatment options.
An advanced disease also affects family members who often find themselves unprepared for their roles as caregivers, and unfamiliar with the effects of the disease. It’s imperative that family members understand treatment options and have a voice in patient care.
Your physician wants what is best for your health; this often requires a multidisciplinary approach. Your doctor will be an important part of your care team and is always a part of the critical decision-making process.
Nurse Practitioners coordinate care for patients with advanced diseases in collaboration with the medical director, attending physician, specialists and nonphysical providers to effectively meet your medical, psychological and spiritual needs.