In a plan for care of a patient, there are several ways to offer support. A patient may need support in several areas.
- Supporting the patient emotionally can include comforting and reassuring them, offering them support in coping with their emotions, or simply listening to what they have to say. Talking to the patient or holding their hand are all examples of providing emotional support.
- Psychological support: Psychological support can involve addressing the patient’s mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression. Individual or group therapy may be provided, as well as medication management and other behavioral health treatments.
- Support in everyday tasks: This can include helping the patient to do the grocery shopping, cleaning the house, or arranging transportation. Examples of practical support may include arranging for home health care services, helping the patient to access community resources, or providing respite care for the patient’s family.
- Spiritual support: Spiritual support can involve addressing the patient’s spiritual needs and providing comfort and solace. It may be possible to provide chaplain service, arrange religious services or offer spiritual counseling.
- Social Support: A social support is a way to help the patient keep their relationships and connections, like visiting friends and relatives. Some examples of social support include organizing volunteer visitors, helping loved ones to make phone calls, and offering community events.
As part of an overall plan of care, support may be provided in these areas. The specific type of support offered will depend on the individual patient’s needs and circumstances. Working with patients and families to create a plan that meets all their needs, and offers the support they need is essential.