Individuals with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) are at risk for rapid clinical deterioration or even sudden cardiac death. Due to these risks, early diagnosis is essential for the individual with Congestive Heart Failure. As a patient’s diagnosis progresses to advanced CHF, discussions about planning for the end of life become more important, especially for patients who have declined, failed, or have been deemed to be ineligible for advanced therapies. Once a physician certifies an individual is appropriate for hospice care, seeking services for an informational with Hospice of Southern Illinois’ staff right away can provide immediate and long-standing benefits for the individuals and their families. Keeping in mind that our patient’s wishes are most important, our team, which includes the medical director, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, nurses, social workers/counselors, hospice aides and volunteers, will work together to create an individualized plan of care and can specifically help in these 5 ways:
- Reduce pain and keep symptoms under control. Symptoms associated with heart disease may include pain, weakness, fatigue, nausea, anorexia, constipation, edema, cough, altered mental status, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Our medical directors, pharmacist and nurses will work with patients and their loved ones to ensure proper medication options and other interventions to control symptoms while maximizing quality of life.
- Cover services related to comfort management of the patient’s terminal illness and related conditions. This includes, but is not limited to medications for symptom control or pain relief, medical equipment, and medical supplies.
- Immediate connection to resources. 24-hour, on-call access to nurses, counselors, and physicians for rapid response to questions or condition changes, as well as emotional and spiritual support.
- Better quality of life. Pain and other symptoms can be kept under control in the home or home-like setting, rather than in a hospital or emergency room.
- Comfort Care. Hospice focuses on comfort care and quality of life for the patient with advanced CHF rather than curative treatment.
If you need more information on hospice care, please contact Hospice of Southern Illinois. For individuals with CHF, please don’t wait. Contact us early for peace of mind before crisis strikes. No one has to go through the dying process alone. There comes a time, to ask how hospice can help. Hospice of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981.
1.800.233.1708 ● www.hospice.org