5 Ways Hospice Care Helps Individuals with COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. With COPD, the lungs do not work as well as they once did and patients find it more and more difficult to breathe. As the disease progresses, symptoms tend to get worse and more damage occurs in the lungs. This damage is permanent. As patients progress to advanced COPD, discussions about planning for the end of life become more important.
Once a physician certifies an individual is appropriate for hospice, seeking services for an informational with Hospice of Southern Illinois’ staff right away can provide immediate and longstanding benefits for the individuals and their families. Keeping in mind that our patients’ wishes are most important, our team which includes the medical director, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, hospice aides and volunteers, will work together to create an individualized plan of care and can specifically help individuals with COPD in these 5 ways:
- Reduce pain and keep symptoms under control. Symptoms associated with COPD may include shortness of breath, frequent coughing (with or without sputum or phlegm), increased breathlessness, feeling tired (especially when doing daily activities), wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Our medical directors, nurses and pharmacist will work with patients and their loved ones on proper medications 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.
- Comfort Care. Hospice focuses on comfort care and quality of life for the patient with advanced COPD, rather than curative treatment.
If you need more information on hospice care from Hospice of Southern Illinois for individuals with COPD, please don’t wait. Contact us early for peace of mind before crisis strikes. Call today to get see how we can help, 1-800-233-1708.
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.