Helping Individuals with End-Stage Heart Disease
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, heart disease is on the rise in the United States. Additionally, the disease comes with a high symptom burden, specifically at the end-of-life. Therefore, individuals with end-stage heart disease and congestive heart failure (CHF) can benefit from hospice services.
Hospice of Southern Illinois focuses on comfort care for individuals with heart disease and CHF rather than curative treatment. Keeping in mind that your loved one’s wishes are most important, our team including the medical director, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice aides and volunteers will work together to create an individualized plan of care to reduce pain and keep symptoms managed, including but not limited to, chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. We will cover medications, equipment and services related to the patient’s terminal prognosis. Contact us today for more information on hospice care for individuals with heart disease, advanced heart failure and CHF. No one has to go through the dying process alone. Hospice of Southern Illinois is here to help.
Is my loved one eligible for care? Here’s when to call hospice about heart disease, advanced heart failure and CHF.
- End-stage heart disease, advanced heart failure and congestive heart failure (CHF) symptoms to look for: chest pain, shortness of breath, cognitive decline, increased confusion, recurrent hospitalization for heart-related condition, treatment resistant dysrhythmias, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, or significant limitations in physical activity.
- The presence of other chronic disease or conditions such as diabetes or chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) may also be a factor in determining eligibility for hospice care
- A prognosis of 6 months or less, if the disease takes its regular scientific course. No one really knows a definite timeframe.
- Curative treatment is no longer the patient’s choice or option. (Treatment is not always going to make a person better. Sometimes patients decide not to continue with expensive or experimental treatment options, but prefer to focus on quality of life and control of symptoms.)
- Comfort care, symptom management, and goals of care are the primary focus. (Oftentimes, pain is one of the most severe symptoms hospice can help manage. Hospice also helps treat wounds, evaluate medications, assist with personal care, and address emotional needs.)
Supporting You and Your Loved Ones
A person-centered care model is how we approach caring for individuals and their families at the end-of-life. Hospice of Southern Illinois provides the personal care, attention and comfort during the final weeks and days of a loved one’s prognosis. We want to ensure your loved one’s comfort and dignity remains a priority. The circle of care for our patients starts with their needs and wishes and extends out to family, friends and caregivers. We are here to support and help you through what to expect too.
- Managing pain and other symptoms – we carefully monitor pain levels and other symptoms, coordinate proper equipment, and evaluate medications to provide as much comfort and peace as possible.
- Providing support – hospice offers regularly-scheduled visits from our care team to check in, provide education, listen, advocate, and explain what you need to know about the weeks ahead. Further, we offer emotional support to families along the way. Hospice care doesn’t stop there. For several months after the loss of a loved one, we continue to be available for bereavement support.
- Knowing what to expect – as the experts in end-of-life care, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to keep your loved one comfortable, supported and safe, all the while keeping you informed of any changes.
Safety in the Home
Caregivers are experiencing extreme challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ready to provide care in the home or home-like setting to ensure everyone’s safety. As an organization dedicated to providing exceptional care to the communities we serve, our uncompromising priority right now at Hospice of Southern Illinois is protecting our patients and families, our team members, and our community partners from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). Here’s what you can expect from us:
- Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health
- Plenty of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Increased education for families in their home or home-like setting
- Addition of telehealth services when face-to-face visits are not able to be conducted
- The same person-centered care you’ve come to know and trust.