Patients receiving hospice care may experience symptoms like trouble breathing or sleeping, nausea or vomiting, or discomfort. These symptoms often arise unexpectedly or worsen quickly, but many can be relieved with medications. It’s important to have medications on hand that can provide relief right away.
VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care provides a Hospice Comfort Pack to relieve common symptoms. This contains a small supply of emergency medications to keep on hand, without filling a prescription or waiting for medications to be delivered. The medications in the comfort pack should only be used if the hospice nurse or physician directs you to. Your VNSNY Hospice nurse will go over the medications so you understand how to use them and when.
Hospice patients may receive other medicine depending on their diagnosis. For example, a patient at risk for seizures may receive anti-seizure medications; some pain medications can cause severe constipation, so patients on methadone or opiates may receive additional laxatives or enemas.
If your loved one is experiencing pain or other symptoms, call your VNSNY Hospice nurse or the Caregiver Helpline right away.
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