We Offer Hospice Care For Many Conditions
Compassionate Hospice Care Services in Los Angeles County
Hospice is about more than just physical care or emotional support for terminal patients. At Mid Valley Hospice, hospice is a unique philosophy of health care for patients who deserve to enjoy the highest quality of life in the face of a life-limiting illness. We don't just care for the patient, we care for the entire family through this process.
Our hospice care services may be appropriate for anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or condition and has a life expectancy now measured in months, with a primary focus on comfort-oriented care.
We provide hospice care for patients with terminal conditions such as:
End-stage congestive heart failure can bring many difficulties and challenges for patients and their loved ones. Hospice care for advanced heart disease may be necessary when a patient has frequent episodes of chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and general functional decline.
If your loved one has tried all treatment options or made the personal decision to not pursue further specialized heart treatment, it may be time to talk about hospice care for heart disease.
ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease
End-stage ALS can involve a slow decline in functionality for a patient. It can be challenging to determine when hospice care is appropriate. If your loved one is wheelchair or bed-bound, has lost speech abilities, requires major assistance when eating or doing other normal activities, and does not wish to be dependent on feeding tubes or placed on a ventilator, hospice care may be the next step for ensuring a pain-free and dignified dying process.
Sometimes a terminal cancer patient will no longer feel relief from the prescribed dose of medication or may experience continuing and worsening symptoms such as confusion, anxiety, nausea, discomfort, lack of appetite, depression, and other issues.
If cancer treatment is no longer effective, the patient is weakening, and the tumor is continuing to progress, hospice care may be the next step. When the heavy weight of pursuing treatment options begins to outweigh the potential benefits it may provide, the patient and loved ones need to start thinking about other steps. Cancer patients who use hospice services reportedly report a higher quality of life than those who don't according to the National Cancer Institute.
Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can weigh heavily on the loved ones caring for a patient with such a condition. When dementia patients are in the end stages of life, the importance shifts to pain relief, controlling the symptoms, eliminating stress and anxiety for loved ones, and improving overall quality of life. This can be achieved through hospice care services. Hospice care for Alzheimer's or dementia patients can include a personalized plan that addresses skin care, hydration and nutrition, pain relief, emotional and spiritual support, medical supplies and equipment, and much more.
A declining lung disease patient can face many challenges. If your loved one has had frequent emergency room visits or hospitalizations recently for lung infections, respiratory failure, or similar issues and no longer wishes to be hospitalized or intubated, it may be time to consider hospice care. The patient's pulmonologist or primary care physician will recommend hospice services at the appropriate time, however, patients and their loved ones can also bring this need to their medical provider's attention.
When is the right time to request hospice care for a neurological disease? This depends on the patient's physical condition. While some neurological diseases can cause a slow decline over the course of years, others may cause a more rapid decline for a patient. When a patient reaches less than six months or so to live and improvement is no longer likely, hospice care becomes essential. Some common signs that a patient may be nearing the need for hospice care include patients who have had strokes and have suffered a decline in clinical and functional status, who are in a coma and are suffering physical deterioration, patients with Parkinson's or MS, and other neurological diseases that have caused rapid decline in normal functions.
HIV / AIDS
Those in the end stages of HIV / AIDS may seek hospice care to help relieve their pain, control or limit their symptoms, and improve their overall quality of life. If a doctor has determined that a patient is in the end-of-life period due to co-morbid illnesses (lymphoma, heart disease, cervical cancer, etc.), repeated ER or hospital visits, low CD4 count and high viral loads, or various other issues, a patient may need to consider hospice care. This type of service can help relieve physical pain and emotional distress in order to help patients maintain dignity and comfort in the end-of-life process.
Dialysis can be a heavy burden, especially if a patient is no longer seeing improvement. In some cases, patients with kidney failure wish to discontinue dialysis treatment. This may be the appropriate time for hospice care, which can address their ongoing physical needs to help relieve discomfort and pain, rather than improve their condition. Hospice care services can help a patient manage nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, breathing difficulties, sleeping issues, depression, and other symptoms and related issues.
Patient with liver disease can face a slow decline, making it difficult to determine the next best steps in terms of care. If your doctor has recommended hospice care due to declining health, it is an important step to discuss with your loved ones. Hospice services for patients with liver disease can include help with managing bowel difficulties, itchy skin, breathing difficulties, abdominal pain, restlessness, confusion, pain, nutrition and hydration, emotional and spiritual needs.
Call Mid Valley Hospice for Direct Hospice Services
Our hospice care located in Sherman Oaks is unique in that we come directly to the patient, whether they are at home, in an assisted-living facility, or other housing situation. Our goal is to provide comfort, support, and compassionate care during a patient's end of life.
Contact Mid Valley Hospice at (818) 403-3940 to discuss your or your loved one's condition.