Care and support for patients suffering from life-limiting lung disease, COPD and emphysema.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal lung disease, the decision of whether or not to continue aggressive medical treatment after effectiveness becomes questionable, is one of the hardest choices imaginable. The ever-changing emotions and feelings of uncertainty, as well as the complexity of treatment and care options recommended, makes it challenging to choose the best course of action for you and your family. Your search for the absolute best care and support does not end when you are told that curative treatment options are no longer available. The good news is that quality hospice care and palliative care services are widely available for lung disease patients and offer comprehensive pain and symptom management along with end-of-life care that lung disease patients and their families need.
Taking the time to learn about hospice and the level of care it offers to lung disease patients will help you understand all of the available options and better prepare you to make the time you have more comfortable.
While there are a limited number of treatments and medical procedures that may help a lung disease patient live longer, once these treatment options have become ineffective, it becomes a very personal decision for the patient about how long they want to continue the fight. When the symptoms of the disease or side effects of treatment or medication outweigh the possible benefits, that’s when many lung disease patients decide to stop aggressive medical treatment and consider alternative options like hospice care.
Hospice Care for COPD and Other Chronic Lung Diseases
Hospice care is specialized type of medical care for people with life-limiting illnesses, like COPD and other types of lung disease. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of lung disease. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.
At Alliance Hospice we recognize the courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a life-limiting illness. We also understand the physical and emotional stress it places on you to care for this loved one.
If you are reading the information on this web page, chances are you, or someone you love, is a COPD or lung disease patient or a family member affected by lung disease, and treatment is either under way or being considered. Your search for answers to important questions about care and support for your loved one do not stop when you are confronted with the realization that there may be no available curative treatment options. The physical hardship of lung disease happens to the patient but this illness affects the family as a whole. Alliance hospice care for lung disease patients is here to help you and your loved ones.
We provide comprehensive hospice care and support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our compassionate, experienced and well-trained interdisciplinary team of hospice nurses, home health aides, hospice social workers, therapists, bereavement counselors and volunteers. We always put patients and families first and strive to make every interaction with you and your loved one more meaningful.
Alliance Hospice recognizes the emotional toll and immense courage it takes to help a loved one who is suffering from a terminal illness like lung disease. Call Alliance today to see if hospice care is an appropriate option.
When should hospice care be considered for patients with end-stage pulmonary disease?
Diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic asthma or even tuberculosis can take their toll on a family, and it’s vital to understand what care and support options are available.
Regardless of how accomplished a patient’s physician is or how loving and supportive the family has been, there may come a time when continued aggressive medical treatment may be looked at as more of a burden than a benefit for all parties involved. When patients enter the end-stages of chronic lung disease they experience a variety of symptoms including severe shortness of breath, reduced lung function, fluid retention, severe cough, poor appetite, chest pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and disturbed sleep patterns. Often, receiving additional oxygen no longer helps with breathing. In the last 3 months, there may have been frequent visits to the physician office, hospital or emergency departments for trouble breathing or lung infections.
Even if the patient has chosen to discontinue aggressive medical treatments for their lung disease, their comfort, safety and dignity need to be preserved along with addressing their personal concerns and wishes. Our interdisciplinary Hospice care team can provide care and support for patients with lung failure and their families.
The patient’s physician(s) may recommend hospice care when the time is appropriate. Oftentimes, patients and their families may have to be their own advocates to initiate the hospice care they desire. The patient, their family, or the patient’s doctor may request an evaluation and consultation with Alliance to determine if hospice is an appropriate option.
Benefits of Alliance Hospice Care for Lung Disease Patients
The Alliance hospice team will evaluate the patient’s medical status and revise their care plan as the patient’s condition and symptoms change. The goal of hospice care for heart disease patients is to treat pain and other symptoms and relieve the physical and emotional stress to ensure the greatest level of comfort for our patients and their families.