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Pathways for End Stage Lung Disease - For FAMILIES

When is it time for the Pathways End Stage Lung Disease Program?

Answering these simple questions may serve as a guide:

  1. photoAre your medications no longer effective in managing your symptoms?
  2. While at rest, do you still have difficulty breathing or other symptoms that prevent you from doing things you want and need to do?
  3. Have you had two or more emergency room visits or hospitalizations in the last 6 months for the same illness or symptoms?
  4. Do you have other health issues such as kidney problems or heart disease?
  5. Have you had more than two respiratory infections in the last year?
  6. Are you seeking aggressive comfort care to improve your quality of life?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, now may be an appropriate time to discuss Hospice of Cincinnati with your physician.

Schedule an "information only" visit, where you’ll meet with one of our nurses to learn more about the program and hospice in general. Please call the referral center at (513) 792-6900. You can also learn more by reading the following literature and materials posted on our website.

Pathways for End Stage Lung Disease Literature and Materials

End Stage Pulmonary Disease Triggers
• Oxygen dependent
• Recurrent severe exacerbations requiring hospitalization
• Decreased functional status
• Weight loss
• Co-morbidities—lung CA, stroke, heart disease, dementia
• Hospitalized 2x in 6 months
• Course of illness is variable depending on severity