Heart disease takes over 620,000 American lives each year and is the leading cause of death, yet in 2014 only 15% of patients admitted to hospice had a primary diagnosis of heart disease. Many patients and families currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage heart disease will find relief with hospice care.
The Hospice Conversation
The hospice conversation is an important one and doesn’t have to be difficult. Knowing what services are available to you and your family is empowering at a time when you may not feel powerful. When you and your loved ones recognize hospice as a resource it’s easier for you to make informed decisions about next steps in the progression of your care.
Should I be Considering Hospice?
It’s important to know if hospice services are something that will benefit you; you may have advanced congestive heart failure or advanced coronary disease with angina, (the pain caused by insufficient blood and oxygen supply to the heart). You may be a patient who is not a candidate for additional medical procedures, or you may have decided not to pursue additional treatment. These are some of the many circumstances in which hospice can provide comfort and support.
How Can Hospice Help Me?
Anew’s hospice care team members are educated professionals focused on your changing physical and emotional needs and our services are tailored to serve your specific situation. With our clinical and emotional support, you and your family can remain focused on living each day to its fullest measure together.
Our team will develop a care plan with your physician that ensures your physical needs are met. Regular assessments by our nurses will monitor and address your symptoms, keeping you comfortable and helping to reduce visits to the ER.
In addition to clinical coordination, at Anew Home Care we provide emotional and spiritual support in a way that reflects your values and beliefs. We can help you and your family cope with the anxiety and the many other feelings that accompany this chapter of life. We will work with your family members and caregivers to educate them and make them comfortable caring for you, a loved one with heart disease.
When’s the Right Time to Talk About Hospice?
Knowing your options in advance helps you make educated decisions in a timely manner so it’s important to have the hospice conversation as soon as you feel ready. If your desire is to eventually live without pain and the side effects of aggressive treatment, you may want to start a conversation about hospice. At Anew Home Care, we are ready to talk with you. Visit our website, AnewCare.com or call (866)-282-6090 for more information.