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Hospice Information

What are the Common Hospice Diagnoses?

Patients come to hospice due to a variety of conditions. Hospice is available to anyone who has been given a life-limiting prognosis, and when symptoms no longer respond to curative treatment. The conditions listed below are some of the more common, and the descriptions can serve as a guide as to when hospice might be an option to consider. The links provided under each heading may be followed to learn more about how hospice can serve you and your family.

If you have any questions about these diagnoses, please Contact Us. We can answer your questions over the phone, or we can send a caring professional to you home to discuss options with you and your family.

Multi-system Breakdown

A general term for multiple organ failure (such as heart disease with chronic lung disease), these patients suffer from a variety of symptoms simultaneously. As the diseases progress normally, caring for a patient needs to become tailored to the individual - a service only hospice care can truly provide. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed, oxygen equipment, assistive equipment for walking, showering and hygiene, medications and supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

As ALS advances towards its final stages, muscle deterioration is accompanied by continuous weight loss, general rigidity, and difficulty breathing. As patients with ALS progress, hospice care is uniquely suited to tackle these issues in the most sensitive way possible. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment, oxygen equipment, medications and medical supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Useful links:
Everyday Life with ALS

End Stage Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia

In addition to losing the ability to speak, dress or feed oneself, Alzheimer's is accompanied by loss of bowel and bladder functions. These patients and their family members require specialized care to ensure that their final phase of life is as comfortable as possible. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed, bed liners/pads as well as other supplies, medications and the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 time per week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains. In some of our markets, we also provide an educational in-service, Virtual Dementia Tour, to families and friends that seek to simulate what the patient is coping with each day. Contact us to find out if it is offered in your area.

Useful links:
Alzheimer’s Association

Late Stage and End-of-life Alzheimer's Care

Cancer

Cancer comes in many forms, but as it spreads throughout the body to other organs, weight loss and general weakness follow. As patients become less responsive to treatments, their care must shift to easing what pain can be managed as well as their spiritual and psychological needs. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment to enhance independence with activities of daily living, oxygen equipment, medications, pain control protocols, supplies and visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Useful links:
American Cancer Society

End-of-Life Care: Questions and Answers - National Cancer Institute

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Shortness of breath and general pain come more frequently in the end-of-life stage of CHF. Nausea and fatigue can make life difficult. CIMA Hospice wants you to know that we can help share the burden of care for our CHF patients and their families. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment, oxygen equipment, medications and supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Useful links:
Heart Hope

Medicaring Congestive Heart Failure Book 

American Heart Association

End of Stage Liver or Kidney Disease

Liver and kidney diseases often require frequent hospitalizations because of their unstable nature. Although dialysis or organ transplant may be appropriate, it's often not desired. As weight loss continues along with a chronic fluid buildup, you and your loved ones may want hospice to step in and ease some of the burden of care. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment, medications and supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Useful links:
Kidney End-of-life Coalition: Hospice Care

End Stage Lung Disease

Lung disease comes with a debilitating shortness of breath and a dependence on oxygen. Frequent hospitalization can be common, and hospice can help supplement these visits through help in an outpatient facility or from the comfort of the patient's own home. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment, oxygen equipment, medications and supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Useful links:
American Lung Association 

Ethics and decision making in end stage lung disease Stroke

A stroke is often followed by the patient entering a persistent vegetative state. An inability to swallow or otherwise take care of oneself means that these individuals need around-the-clock-care. The most notable benefits of the hospice care plan our patients and families rely on for assistance includes: the provision of a hospital bed and other medical equipment, medications and supplies as well as the visits by a Certified Nurse Aide up to 5 times a week, a minimum of a weekly RN visit and the services of our social workers and chaplains.

Cima Hospice wants you to know that we'll be there whenever you need us.