Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD is an umbrella term that describes progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory, or non-reversible asthma. As the third leading cause of death in the United States, it effects over 11 million people. Many patients currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage COPD, who may have heart or lung failure, can find it hard to catch their breath even while resting. Hospice care offers relief for these patients and their families.
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?
As a patient moves through the four stages of COPD, increasing support from inhalers and pulmonary rehabilitation can help manage symptoms. When a patient is no longer responding to treatments, it may be time to consider hospice care. 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 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 reducing visits to the ER.
In addition to clinical coordination, at Anew 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 myriad 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 COPD.
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 we are ready to talk with you.