The day-in and day-out demands of caregiving can be stressful and very time consuming. In the advanced stages of CHF, when diet, lifestyle and medication must be monitored constantly, caregivers often find they MUST have support.
Delaware Hospice has developed a specialized cardiac care program, Helping Hearts, to assist cardiac patients with the prevention and management of symptoms related to cardiac illness. We understand that cardiac patients experience health problems that require specialized care. Our Helping Hearts program will assist the patient and the caregiver in preventing and managing the symptoms of heart disease at home.
Delaware Hospice understands that end-stage heart disease patients require specialized hospice care. Delaware Hospice has developed Helping Hearts to assist cardiac patients with prevention and management of cardiac symptoms related to illness. Our specialized teams of caregivers are uniquely trained in the management of end-stage cardiac disease.
In collaboration with the patient’s physician, our nurses and medical director will coordinate medication management to relieve shortness of breath, sleeplessness, anxiety, pain, and depression that commonly develop with heart disease.
Focusing on the full needs of the cardiac patient Helping Hearts, a specialized hospice program designed by Delaware Hospice’s Medical Director, focuses on the full needs of the cardiac patient.
Some of the benefits our program offers to the patient include:
- Symptom prevention as opposed to crisis management.
- Prevention of hospital stays and ED visits.
- At home support and monitoring by Registered Nurses specifically trained to manage symptoms commonly experienced by cardiac patients such as dyspnea, chest pain, and edema.
- Individualized symptom prevention consultations in the patient’s home by a Nutritionist.
- Patient and caregiver access to a Registered Nurse 24/7 for symptom management.
- Full support of Delaware Hospice’s interdisciplinary team including our medical director, social workers, chaplains, nurses, CNA’s, and volunteers.
- Treatment algorithms and education materials specifically designed for symptom prevention and management of end-stage cardiac disease.
- Education about coping with stress, sleep disorders, fatigue, and other symptoms experienced by end-stage cardiac patients.