COPD Hospice Care

COPD Hospice Care programVNSNY’s COPD Hospice Care Program offers people with advanced COPD the right level of care as their illness gets worse.

How Can Hospice Help People with COPD

Home hospice care focuses on treating physical and emotional needs rather than on curing a person’s illness. The goal of VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Care Program is to improve quality of life and reduce hospital visits for people with advanced COPD by:

  • Managing COPD’s two most distressing symptoms—severe shortness of breath and the anxiety it causes
  • Reducing pain, fatigue, and other symptoms caused by COPD
  • Supporting caregivers and family members and reducing their worry

Hospice care is not “giving up” at the very end. Instead, it offers your loved one the comfort and dignity they deserve—in the familiar surroundings of wherever they call home. Home hospice care is available to patients for several months. Many patients and families find the services so valuable that they wish they’d started hospice care sooner.


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Hospice care gives patients and their families the chance to make the most of their time together. It takes away the stress of unneeded hospital stays. And hospice care designed for people with advanced COPD reduces the panic that symptoms such as shortness of breath can cause. In short, hospice offers you and your loved ones the tools and support you need to live life to the fullest extent possible.

When Should You Consider COPD Hospice Care?

COPD is a chronic illness. People often live with it for many years. This can make it hard to know when a person is sick enough that hospice care is the right choice.

It might be time to think about hospice care if your loved one has COPD and you see these signs:

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  • More emergency room trips or calls to the doctor’s office
  • Longer, or more frequent, hospital stays
  • Increased shortness of breath, even at rest
  • Extreme weakness or fatigue
  • Frequent bronchitis or pneumonia
  • More anxiety or depression
  • More changes to treatment or medication, with less benefit
  • Growing need for help with tasks like dressing, bathing, and eating

What Can You Expect from VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Care?

A person with advanced COPD needs skilled experts. That’s why VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Care Program was created. Patients and caregivers in this program get home hospice care services and an extra level of support. Managing COPD symptoms at home avoids the stress of going to the hospital, as well as the possibility of unwanted aggressive treatment.

The care teams at VNSNY COPD Hospice have the training and experience to give your loved one the care they deserve and to help caregivers feel confident in keeping their loved one as comfortable as possible at home.

In addition to the care team members that all hospice patients have, COPD Hospice care teams also include:

  • A clinical specialist nurse practitioner, who works with your doctors to create and oversee your personal care plan
  • A respiratory therapist, to assess breathing and use of breathing equipment
  • Hospice doctors, to consult with other hospice care team members and your personal doctors

What Patients in VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Program Can Expect

  • Medical care related to their COPD
  • Personal care, as determined by the care plan
  • Emotional support and spiritual care, including help with resolving family issues and making peace
  • Help with practical issues, such as a will or a health care proxy
  • Oxygen, equipment, and medications delivered to the home
  • Hospice comfort pack for emergencies
  • Other services, as necessary

What Caregivers of Patients in VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Program Can Expect

  • Education about how to care for your loved one, what to expect, and what to do in an emergency
  • Help with making decisions about care
  • Round-the-clock access to a hospice nurse through VNSNY’s caregiver help line
  • Emotional support and spiritual care to help you cope with your own feelings and help you support your children or others
  • Support in resolving family issues
  • Guidance with practical matters
  • Respite care, which allows you to take a break or even attend an important family event knowing that your loved one is cared for
  • Grief support, to help you and your family through milestones and anniversaries

Is Hospice Care Covered by Insurance?

Yes. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, and most private insurance companies.

For More Information

Please call us at 1-212-609-1900 and ask for VNSNY’s COPD Hospice Program. Our professional staff will answer your questions and give you the information you need to get connected with care.

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