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How can hospice care help with your end-stage COPD?

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Hospice manages every aspect of your terminal illness. Doctors, nurses, and other members of your team can help you in many ways. They can:

  • Make an emergency plan for when you can't breathe
  • Guide you through power of attorney, living will, and other legal and medical documents
  • Manage pain and other symptoms
  • Oversee all equipment, supplies, and medications, including oxygen
  • Provide around-the-clock support
  • Help you dress, bathe, and eat
  • Offer emotional and spiritual support for you and those close to you

SOURCES:

Hospice of the Red River Valley: “COPD & Other Lung Conditions.”

American Lung Association: “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Get Palliative Care: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Palliative Care.”

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice: “End-Stage COPD: COPD at the End of Life & What to Expect.”

MD Anderson: “Palliative Care in Non-Cancer Illnesses: COPD, CHF.”

National Institute on Aging: “What Are Palliative Care and Hospice Care?”

Arizona Center on Aging: “Hospice Eligibility for Patients with COPD.”

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: “Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications.”

Hospice of the Valley: “Understanding Hospice.”

Medicare.gov: “Hospice care.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Hospice of the Red River Valley: “COPD & Other Lung Conditions.”

American Lung Association: “Palliative Care and COPD.”

Get Palliative Care: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Palliative Care.”

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice: “End-Stage COPD: COPD at the End of Life & What to Expect.”

MD Anderson: “Palliative Care in Non-Cancer Illnesses: COPD, CHF.”

National Institute on Aging: “What Are Palliative Care and Hospice Care?”

Arizona Center on Aging: “Hospice Eligibility for Patients with COPD.”

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: “Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications.”

Hospice of the Valley: “Understanding Hospice.”

Medicare.gov: “Hospice care.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 19, 2019

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