It’s tough to live with the complex challenges of a serious illness or chronic condition, such as cancer; advanced heart, lung or kidney disease; or dementia. When you need relief from the symptoms, side effects and stress of your diagnosis and treatments, turn to SEBMF’s compassionate, effective palliative and advanced illness care teams.
Your palliative and advanced illness care team may include specially trained doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and other specialists as needed. These experienced staff help you live each day comfortably and according to your wishes. We offer care in the comfort of your home, at nursing homes, during hospitalizations and in our clinics, offering an extra level of support in coordination with your primary care doctor and other caregivers.
We can provide education and support for you and your loved ones. We’ll work closely with you and all of your healthcare providers to develop a care plan based on your wishes, concerns and lifestyle, empowering you to better manage your condition. Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation also works collaboratively with Home Health and Hospice services for people recuperating from short-term illnesses or managing a chronic condition.
Our program garners national recognition for its best practices. In addition, several of our Sutter Care at Home centers have earned Top Agency awards from HomeCare Elite — the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.
Living Well with Serious Illness
Palliative and advanced illness care helps you and your loved ones address a wide range of physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and you can receive it at the same time as curative treatments.
At SEBMF, our care professionals provide team-based support that includes:
- Meaningful conversations to ensure that your values match the treatments you choose.
- Advanced care planning and help with complex decisions for your medical care.
- Physician expertise and medication management to alleviate pain (PDF) and other symptoms that interfere with your quality of life, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite and more.
- Home healthcare services, such as infusion therapy and medical equipment.
- Education and support regarding your diagnosis and plan of care.
- Psychosocial comfort to ease loneliness, fears, stress, isolation and other issues.
We take the time to understand your health issues, lifestyle and personal preferences to tailor your care plan. We support you and your doctor’s goals with over-the-phone support and in-person visits. If you require hospitalization, Sutter Care at Home hospital liaison staff will be there to support you and facilitate your transition back home.
Our goals are to:
- Empower you to manage your health.
- Support you to identify your choices, values and preferences for your care.
- Help you cope with your symptoms and provide comfort.
- Assist you and your caregivers to manage your medications.
- Coordinate your care with your primary care doctor and other specialists.
- Help you plan for your future.