At Chapters Health System, we recognize how important improving end-of-life treatment and symptom management are for patients and their loved ones. Individuals diagnosed with end-stage renal disease are faced with heightened symptoms as their disease worsens. Many of these patients die in hospitals or other facilities without the benefit of hospice care due to the fact that they often need dialysis treatment to manage their symptoms.
This is the reason why, at Chapters Health, we expanded our Open Access services to include dialysis for patients with end-stage renal disease.
Dialysis Improves Quality of Life
When faced with a choice between hospice and curative care, most patients delay an admission to hospice and wait until the last few weeks or even days of life. At Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice and LifePath Hospice, patients do NOT have to choose. We recognize the unique needs of patients with end-stage renal disease who might benefit from the continuation of their current palliative treatments, often described at times as curative.
We are committed to offering dialysis as part of our Open Access therapeutic approach so patients don’t have to choose between receiving hospice services that help improve their quality of life and palliative care. Dialysis brings them comfort from pain and symptoms with the expected duration of treatment not exceeding one month.
What are the Benefits of Dialysis for Hospice Patients?
For hospice patients, dialysis can decrease symptoms of discomfort such as:
- Muscle cramps
- Anemia, fatigue and headache
- High blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling and breathing distress
With a coordinated and multidisciplinary approach, dialysis as part of Open Access services offers patients and families:
- Options that can be customized for each patient’s individual plan of care
- More effective symptom and pain control
- Decreased re-hospitalizations and fewer days in intensive-care units
- Improved quality of life and patient mood