Hospice Care for Heart Disease

Coping with advanced heart disease can be a physically difficult and emotional battle. Symptoms can be distressing and too frequently result in unexpected visits to the ER. If your loved one has been experiencing worsening symptoms, stress and discomfort, you may be searching for answers, support and comfort.

You are not alone, more than 5 million people in the United States have congestive heart failure (CHF). It’s the most common diagnosis in hospitalized patients over 65. Yet, despite its many benefits, hospice care is underutilized for patients with heart failure. 

If you are caring for someone living with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), you may feel that you have been thrown into the caregiver role unprepared. Most families are unsure how to navigate caring for loved ones with CHF and the unique stress and burdens that come with it. Patterns of symptoms fluctuating in severity are common and can make it even more difficult to determine the right time to get additional support. Fortunately help is available, Transitions Hospice can help those coping with CHF live more comfortably, more fully and with less stress despite this advanced illness.

When is The Right Time to Get Extra Support for CHF?

Common signs that hospice might be appropriate for someone living with CHF include:

  • Frequent visits to the emergency room
  • Episodes of respiratory infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid accumulation in the lungs or lower extremities
  • Depression, anxiety, anger, confusion, difficulty sleeping
  • Limited ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Medication is required for fluid retention, chest pain, or respiratory symptoms

Our specialized team is uniquely trained to manage cardiac disease. We can help reduce symptoms as well as the sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with CHF. We help you understand your loved one’s disease and prepare for changes in their health as the disease progresses. By helping you understand what to expect, you can better navigate the days ahead, aided by the full support of our nurses, CNAs, social workers and chaplains.

 Some of the benefits our care offers to the patient include:

  • Symptom reduction as opposed to crisis management
  • Prevention of hospital stays and ER visits
  • Management of the most prevalent symptoms including: shortness of breath, fluid retention, anxiety, and depression
  • Patient and caregiver access to a Registered Nurse 24/7 for symptom management

What may not be as obvious are issues beyond physical discomfort and pain. Transitions Hospice can help improve the quality of life for those living with advanced CHF by also helping you cope with the very real emotional side of illness.

Through our extra layer of support, we can help control issues to help reduce ER visits keeping your loved one in the safety of home. If you or a loved one is suffering from heart disease, Transitions Hospice can help. Whether you are interested in gaining care, or simply just need answers and resources, our team is ready to provide you with help and support. Call us at 417-777-2703.

Hospice is a fully covered Medicare/Medicaid benefit. Care includes caregivers, medications, supplies and equipment related to the hospice diagnosis. 

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