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Hospice & End-Stage Congestive Heart Failure

Hospice & End-Stage Congestive Heart Failure

According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Since this disease is so prevalent, it’s important to know your care options and how to maintain your comfort and dignity if you or a loved one is living with end-stage congestive heart failure in South NJ.

Hospice can help. Hospice care for congestive heart failure is a special care that provides comfort, support, and dignity when you or your loved one’s life expectancy is six months or less to live. It’s an extra layer of support for families.

Samaritan, a non-profit organization, is one of South Jersey’s largest hospice providers and has been serving patients with congestive heart failure in South NJ and their families since 1980.  Samaritan provides hospice care for many patients with end-stage congestive heart failure each year.

What Can Samaritan Do for South NJ CHF Patients?

There are many benefits to choosing hospice care for end-stage congestive heart failure. Hospice care is an extra layer of support through a team of trained professionals that includes a board-certified physician, hospice-certified nurse, social worker, spiritual support counselor, certified home health aide, and a volunteer.

The hospice physician and nurse work with your cardiologist to ensure symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fluid retention and swelling, severe fatigue, dizziness, or irregular heartbeat are addressed for maximum quality of life during this crucial time, with the hope of decreasing repeated trips to the emergency department and stressful hospital days.

Choosing hospice for end-stage congestive heart failure can also ease anxiety and depression at the end of life. The hospice team is there to help you cope with any emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.

The hospice team is available 24/7 to address any needs or concerns.

Hospice for Congestive Heart Failure Eligibility Requirements

If you are wondering if you or a loved one is eligible for hospice care, now is the time to call Samaritan. We encourage you to speak directly with our expert nurses about hospice eligibility and how hospice care can support you through this journey. Call Samaritan 24/7 at (800) 229-8183 for more information.

The hospice eligibility requirements for someone living with congestive heart failure include:

  • Having heart failure symptoms in spite of using medications to relieve fluid retention and improve circulation
  • Medical history of cardiac arrest
  • Sharp chest pain at rest despite medical efforts to relieve it
  • Sharp chest pain at rest and not a candidate for surgery, or refuses surgery
  • Abnormally fast heart rhythm (known as symptomatic SVT or ventricular arrhythmia) that does not respond to treatment
  • Unexplained fainting
  • You or your loved one wishes to remain out of the hospital if the illness gets worse
  • You or your loved one have more than one serious medical condition that may shorten survival
  • You or your loved one needs more help with basic tasks of daily living

Our South Jersey CHF Hospice Facilities

Samaritan offers two inpatient hospice facilities in South NJ for you or your loved one receiving hospice care and experiencing severe pain or symptoms from congestive heart failure.

Hospice care is provided mostly in your home, assisted living, or nursing home. However, sometimes needs change and your hospice nurse may recommend transfer to The Samaritan Center at Voorhees or The Samaritan Center at Mount Holly.

Samaritan’s two inpatient hospice facilities provide short-term stays for hospice patients experiencing severe pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and agitation, among other symptoms. Your hospice nurse will work with you to decide if an inpatient hospice facility is the right choice.

 

Contact Us Now to Learn More About Hospice and Congestive Heart Failure in South NJ

If you live in Southern New Jersey, let Samaritan’s expert nurses help you decide if hospice care is right for your loved one living with congestive heart failure. Call us 24/7 at (800) 229-8183 to learn more.

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