What is SupportiveCare?
Our SupportiveCare Program provides support and resources as needed for patients and families with serious illness or injury.
SupportiveCare addresses each patient as a whole person including his or her physical comfort, emotional well-being, spirituality, confidence and dignity. Because family members are also involved in a person’s illness, the SupportiveCare nurse supports and informs them as well.
SupportiveCare can begin whenever a patient and clinician feel it can help. For many, this happens shortly after the diagnosis of a serious condition. Our nurse will provide care coordination between primary and specialty care physicians, care teams, therapists and others.
What Can the Nurse do?
Provide physical and emotional support that respects your wishes.
Provide information about your medication.
Help you communicate with your doctors about health care decisions that could affect your future care should you no longer be able to speak for yourself.
Support you and your family when you are worried about becoming a burden, experiencing loneliness and isolation or feeling like things are out of control.
When is SupportiveCare Appropriate?
When you’re released from the hospital or nursing home and require additional symptom management.
When you first become ill with a life-threatening disease.
When you are receiving treatment.
After many months or years of struggling with a chronic disease.
Who Can Receive?
SupportiveCare provides personalized services, resources and support for our patients with a wide range of medical challenges, such as:
People living with cancer, chronic lung disease/emphysema, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease/heart failure, stroke and other chronic and life-threatening conditions.
Infants and children living with complex medical needs.
Elderly individuals living with the health concerns of aging.
Patients usually receive SupportiveCare services along with other medical treatments, such as intensive care, cardiac or cancer care.
How Long Can Someone Receive SupportiveCare Services?
Our SupportiveCare program is a temporary service. An individual is discharged from the program when their symptoms are controlled and the SupportiveCare nurse assesses that the individual is able to function on their own.
To obtain a SupportiveCare consultation, call (573) 701-8716 and ask to speak with the SupportiveCare Director.
Director of Social Work/SupportiveCare Social Worker
Mandy Harris, MSW is the Social Worker for the Supportive Care program. The social worker will assess the needs of the patient and assist in obtaining resources and provide emotional support for the
patients and families.
The social worker meets with the patient once a month or as needed.
“I received my Master in Social Work degree in 2018 and have been in the healthcare setting since. Prior
to becoming a social worker, I was in public health for over 20-years. It is a privilege to be a part of the
amazing Serenity team and to provide compassionate care for our patients and families.”
Mandy Harris, Director of Social Work/SupportiveCare Social Worker
LPN SupportiveCare Nurse
Kelly Parker has been a nurse for 34 years. During her career she has worked in nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, and private duty.
She is currently the nurse for Serenity’s SupportiveCare program.
Cindy said “I love working with the wonderful nurses, social workers and care givers. I love taking care of people, that is my passion. I have a wonderful husband, Rusty, who supports me in all that I do.”
Kelley Parker, LPN SupportiveCare Nurse