The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road : Support Services

Facing a diagnosis of cancer and undergoing treatment presents many challenges. The nursing staff at The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road seeks to provide patients, their families, and friends support in addressing psychological, financial, and social barriers to their treatment.

Social Services
The nursing staff can help patients identify and access patient resources. Services include referrals for local lodging for out of town patients, care and equipment in the home, financial issues, and social security disability. Furthermore, the nursing staff can provide assistance in accessing complex healthcare systems, state and federal resources, and prescription assistance programs.

Education
A patient Education Center and Reference Library is located in the first floor waiting area. This area has literature and educational materials on specific types of cancer, side effects from treatment, pain control, nutrition, hospice, support groups and other topics that may help you better understand and cope with your disease. In addition to literature about cancer treatment, internet access is also offered.

Also, each patient has an education session with an oncology nurse where educational material is provided and questions are answered. Each patientís educational sessions is tailored to meet their specific needs.

Advance Directive
An Advance Directive is a way to protect your right to choose or refuse medical treatment. The nursing staff will provide information about Advance Directives during your education session and can assist you with scheduling an appointment with Medical Social Services at The Kirklin Clinic to discuss concerns and answer questions regarding the process of drafting an Advance Directive.

Acton Road Ambassadors
Ambassadors are people in the community that have undergone special training and have a desire to help you through treatment. The Ambassadors are ready to provide a warm blanket, a smiling face, and a hand to hold.

Referrals
In conjunction with your physician, the nursing staff can assist in referrals to ancillary services such as:
Nutrition
Palliative and Supportive Care
Home Health
Hospice
Physical Therapy

Patient Navigator
The Patient Navigator is located in The Kirklin Clinic Patient Resource Library and is available to listen and provide cancer patients and their caregivers with informational resources, support programs, and services.

Support Groups
Members of your treatment team are aware this is a very difficult time. Together with support groups they can help you feel less alone and improve your ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges that you will have to face.