Hospice is available to anyone who has been given life-limiting prognosis, and when symptoms no longer respond to curative treatment. Patients come to hospice due to a variety of conditions. The conditions listed below are some of the more common, and the descriptions can serve as a guide as to when hospice might be an option. The links provided under each heading may be followed to learn more about how hospice can serve you and your family.
If you have any questions about these diagnoses, please call us. We can answer your questions over the phone, or we can send a caring professional to you home to discuss options with you and your family.
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A general term for multiple organ failure (such as heart disease with chronic lung disease), these patients suffer from a variety of symptoms simultaneously. As the diseases progress normally, caring for a patient needs to become tailored to the individual - a service only hospice care can truly perform.
As ALS advances towards its final stages, muscle deterioration is accompanied by continuous weight loss, general rigidity, and difficulty breathing. As patients with ALS progress, Hospice care is uniquely suited to tackle these issues in the most sensitive way possible.
In addition to losing the ability to speak, dress or feed oneself, Alzheimer's is accompanied by loss of bowel and bladder functions. These patients and their family members require specialized care to ensure that their final phase of life is as comfortable as possible.
Cancer comes in many forms, but as it spreads throughout the body to other organs, weight loss and general weakness follow. As patients become less responsive to treatments, their care must shift to easing what pain can be managed as well as their spiritual and psychological needs.
Shortness of breath and general pain come more frequently in the end-of-life stage of CHF. Nausea and fatigue can make life difficult. Butte Hospice wants you to know that we can help share the burden of care for our CHF patients and their families.
Liver and kidney diseases often require frequent hospitalizations because of their unstable nature. Although dialysis or organ transplant may be appropriate, it's often not desired. As weight loss continues along with a chronic fluid buildup, you and your loved ones may want hospice to step in and ease some of the burden of care.
Lung disease comes with a debilitating shortness of breath and a dependence on oxygen. Frequent hospitalization can be common, and hospice can help supplement these visits through help in a outpatient facility or from the comfort of the patient's own home.
A stroke is often followed by the patient entering a persistent vegetative state. An inability to swallow or otherwise take care of oneself means that these individuals need around-the-clock-care. Butte Hospice wants you to know that we'll be there whenever you need us.