Supportive Care Options is about allowing a person to retain their dignity, and maintaining or improving quality of life for sufferers of asbestos or dust related disease, whilst at the same time allowing their loved ones to also have a quality of life during all stages of the disease. It is not only about working out what care the sufferer needs, but most importantly, what he or she may want, or is prepared to accept. It is then about looking at what treatment, support and care options are available, and then putting in place strategies to help sufferers and their loved ones navigate the journey ahead in the best possible way to suit their needs and/or wants.
Supportive Care Options should be discussed with the Bernie Banton Foundation Support Co-ordinator as soon as possible after diagnosis. When you contact the Bernie Banton Foundation about Supportive Care Options, you will be dealing with somebody who has walked the walk. No two journeys are exactly the same, but the person you talk to will have walked a similar path. Having walked this road makes all the difference in being able to answer the multitude of questions you may have, and being able to help you navigate the often difficult journey that lay ahead for all concerned.
The Bernie Banton Foundation’s Australia-wide ‘Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Support Network’ offers peer-based support and guidance, incorporating a 24/7 Support Helpline answered by someone who has lived the journey, we also can help navigate the maze of medical and care pathways from diagnosis onward with Supportive Care Options.
Importantly, we can talk to sufferers and their loved ones from a personal perspective about treatment options, including the very viable and real option of having no treatment; and the importance of maintaining dignity and quality of life. Having personally walked the asbestos disease and mesothelioma cancer journey we can talk with you about what to expect, and what is normal.
As part of Supportive Care Options, the Bernie Banton Foundation can assist sufferers and their loved ones with information about, and access to:
Medical specialists and the latest information on clinical trials and treatments;
icareDust Diseases Care (also known as the Dust Diseases Authority) – if eligible;
Local Support Groups (if available);
When talking about care, many people initially think of palliative care, which to many only conjures up images of somebody being cared for when they are near death, and hence something they shy away from discussing or being involved in. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth, palliative care encompasses much more than just end of life care, and is an important part of overall supportive care that should be embraced from the beginning of the diagnosed journey – but it is only one part, or facet, of Supportive Care Options. To find out more about the entire spectrum that Supportive Care Options encompasses, please don’t hesitate to contact the Foundation’s Support Co-ordinator. Please know we are here to help you, not the other way around. Let us assist you to have a journey without regrets.
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If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.