Compassionate care that caters to the individual.
When Faith Presbyterian Hospice manages a patient’s symptoms and provides comfort and support for their unique needs, our goal is to maintain and improve quality of life as they define it. In general, there are 9 potentially life-limiting conditions for which we provide compassionate, patient-focused care:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Renal failure
- Improving quality of life as defined by patients and their loved ones.
- Avoiding hospitalizations and emergency room visits by providing care at home.
- Effectively managing symptoms at the patient’s home to preempt a crisis situation.
- Assisting and educating patients and their loved ones in the preventive management of symptoms related to their illness.
- Supporting the caregiver.
Customized care for the cardiac patient.
Using heart disease as an example, what follows are the Medicare requirements a physician must evaluate in making the hospice referral, and some of the ways we help those with heart disease.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death. Faith Presbyterian Hospice provides referring physicians with eligibility information and tools to help them refer eligible patients to hospice earlier. Hospice services are typically underutilized and often misunderstood. These guidelines help your physician determine if a cardiac patient is ready for hospice.
The patient has 1 and either 2 or 3:
- CHF with NYHA Class IV symptoms & both:
- Significant symptoms at rest
- Inability to carry out even minimal physical activity without dyspnea or angina
- Patient is optimally treated.
- (e.g., diuretics, vasodilators, ACEI, or hydralazine and nitrates)
- The patient has angina pectoris at rest, is resistant to standard nitrate therapy, and is either not a candidate for, or has declined, invasive procedures.
Supporting documentation includes:
- Cardiac Ejection Fraction of ≤ 20%
- Treatment-resistant symptomatic dysrhythmias
- History of cardiac-related syncope
- History of cardiac arrest
- Cardiac embolism
- History of cardiac resuscitation, concomitant HIV disease
How faith hospice helps.
Our team evaluates the patient’s status and updates the plan of care as symptoms and condition change. The goal of Faith hospice is to relieve physical and emotional distress, so our patients can retain their dignity and remain comfortable.
The care plan encompasses a wide range of symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Weakness and fatigue
- Functional decline
You are not alone on your journey:
- We monitor and manage your symptoms.
- We communicate with your cardiologist’s office.
- We provide medication, oxygen and other medical equipment related to your heart disease.
- We provide services to reduce acute symptoms and avoid rehospitalization.