Living with advanced heart disease can be a physically difficult and even an emotional battle. Symptoms are distressing and can too frequently lead to 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.
As someone who may be the primary caregiver of someone living with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), you may feel that you have been thrown into the caregiver role and are unsure how to navigate caring for your loved one and the stress and burdens of this difficult illness. And while there is no cure, Hospice of South Texas can help those living with CHF live more comfortably, more fully and with less stress despite this advanced illness.
When is The Right Time for Extra Support for CHF?
Common indicators 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
- Limited ability to perform activities of daily living
- Medication required for fluid retention, chest pain, or respiratory symptoms
Our specialized teams of nurses and caregivers are uniquely trained in the management of cardiac disease. We can help in relieving symptoms as well as the sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with heart disease. We also help empower you in your role of caregiving. 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 team of nurses, CNAs, social workers and chaplains.
Some of the benefits our care offers to the patient include:
- Symptom prevention 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
If you or a loved one is suffering from heart disease, Hospice of South Texas 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 our Victoria office at 361.572.4300 or our Hallettsville office at 361.798.2077.