Heart disease is one of the most common ailments that plague Americans. About 630,000 adults die from the disease each year, according to the CDC. As time goes on and the disease progresses, you may want to consider having your loved one receive hospice care in order to relieve their pain and maintain their dignity.
Heart disease can be an illness that someone lives with for years. This being the case, patients often have a good amount of time to weigh their care options and consider all of their choices.
If, when considering your own illness, symptoms, and treatment, you and your doctor decide that your best option moving forward is to focus on your comfort, hospice care may be a route you could benefit from.
Patients living with heart disease may experience debilitating and painful symptoms such as:
Swelling of the abdomen, lower back, legs, or feet
Difficulty breathing while lying down
Discomfort while sleeping
Loss of appetite
If your doctor determines that your disease is in the end stages and has left you with six months or less to live, hospice care can help relieve some of the pain and discomfort as well as make everyday tasks a bit easier.
Within hospice, you can receive in-home care from registered nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers, and other caregivers to help your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs towards the end of your life.
If you are living with end-stage heart disease, consider alleviating symptoms by receiving hospice care. The team at Olympia Hospice Care is here to create a comfortable and caring environment with our care for those with a terminal illness.
If your loved one has tried all treatment options or made the personal decision to not pursue further specialized heart treatment, it may be time to talk about hospice care for heart disease. Contact us
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