St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Supportive Care Program
An older man receives a new diagnosis for advanced cancer and needs to talk through his fears and make sure that he understands his illness and treatment options. A family works to accept the impending death of a loved one. A mother of three children struggles with the pain of her disease.
SJMO's Supportive Care Program provides help in all of these cases and more. Organized as a team of health care professionals that include board certified clinicians; including nurse practitioners, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, spiritual counselors, social workers, music practitioners, massage therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, and physical therapists, the program brings comfort, relief and understanding to those with distressing symptoms and life-limiting diseases.
SJMO's Supportive Care Program includes:
- Pain management and palliative care services for patients in the hospital.
- Outpatient links to services for families to assist in the development of support systems.
- Clinic for patients and families who are dealing with serious illness – to provide symptom management, goals of care conversations, and coping techniques.
- Assisting patients near end of life and their families with understanding and peace for their minds, bodies, and spirit.
- Comfort Companion/No One Dies Alone program. Our mission is to see that no one will have to be alone at death; that death can transpire with dignity and comfort.
- Healing Touch and music practitioners. They serve our patients by integrating nontraditional therapies with traditional medicine and finding unique ways to provide peace and healing.
Our Pain Management and Palliative Care Center, including SJMO's Supportive Care Program, can be reached at 248-858-3399. Please call for information or if you have any questions.