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Transitional Care Planning

Transitional Care Options

Different types of care are available for different types of needs. Transitional care may include management of the patient's medical condition and rehabilitation, plus supportive services to ensure basic needs such as comfort, hygiene, safety, and nutrition. It may also include supportive services for educational, social, spiritual, and financial needs. The following is a list of some of the care options that meet the assessed needs of patients during transition:

Place of care


Health care specialists and other caregivers work as a team, providing services to patients in their homes, clinics, and other settings. These may include the following:

Programs that provide care may include the following:

Medication support

Nutrition support

The patient may be able to eat normally or may need supplemental nutrition by mouth, by tubefeeding, or by delivery into a vein. (See the PDQ summary on Nutrition in Cancer Care for more information.)

Special equipment

The type of equipment needed, if any, will depend on the patient's condition. Some commonly needed devices include the following: