What is Supportive Care?

Improving quality of life

Supportive care, or previously referred to as palliative care, is specialized medical care that focuses on reducing the symptoms; pain and stress caused by serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. It is appropriate at any age or stage of illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.

The goal of supportive care is to improve quality of life for both patient and family. Care is provided by a team of Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and other specialists who work with the patient’s Physicians to develop a plan of care. Supportive care is an extra layer of support whereby the team can offer information and guidance for complex medical decisions.

For more information, please contact us at support@chesapeakesupportivecare.org or call 443-837-3376 for more details.

If you would like to ask your physician for a referral, click here to download the Chesapeake Supportive Care referral form.

If you are a new patient seeking supportive (palliative) care services with a Chesapeake Supportive Care provider, please click here.

For more about the 5 things you should know about supportive care, visit our Community Education Library

Individuals living with a serious, complex illness are eligible for Supportive Care.

Supportive care can help during any stages of illness. It can be provided regardless of a person’s life expectancy, at the same time as curative or life prolonging treatments, or even in home health services. Hospice care is meant for those with a life-limiting illness in the last several years or months of life.

Hospice of the Chesapeake provides supportive care services in the home, at area hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities and in our Hussman Supportive Care Center in Waldorf, MD or  Pasadena, MD.

Supportive care is available to support people living with many types of illness such as:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer and many others.

You will have an initial evaluation with a Physician or a Nurse Practitioner. You may receive future visits from nurses and social workers as well in order to provide treatment, support and guidance.

  • Better understanding of your medical condition and all your treatment options.
  • Confidence that the treatment decisions you make match what you want.
  • Improved ability to carry on with your daily life.
  • Relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments.
  • Improved ability to cope with the stress and daily challenges of living with illness.
  • Close communication and compassionate care.

As a community based nonprofit organization, Hospice of the Chesapeake provides its quality hospice and supportive care to all patients in need of services, regardless of their payment source. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance


In May 2020, Chesapeake Supportive Care received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Community- Based Palliative Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Hospice of Chesapeake and its affiliates, Calvert
Hospice and Hospice of Charles County, will consolidate all brands under the Hospice of the
Chesapeake starting April 1, 2023.

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Calvert Hospice joins Hospice of the Chesapeake

We are honored to announce that effective yesterday, June 14, 2022, Calvert Hospice has become part of the Hospice of the Chesapeake organization through a fully executed acquisition agreement.   We believe the beauty and strength of this merger is that it brings together two local nonprofit organizations to further strengthen the access to healthcare available to the citizens of Calvert County. 

We are currently caring for 590+ hospice patients and their families every day in Anne Arundel, Charles and Prince George’s Counties and with the addition of Calvert County will reach more than 630+ hospice patients each day throughout our region.

To receive more information or inquiry about care services, please reach us at 410-987-2003 or visit www.hospicechesapeake.org.