End of Life Diseases

The Final Journey –Complete Hospice Care for the Terminally ill Vaishnavas  By SangitaDevi Dasi (Susan Pattinson, RN, CHPN)  has information on many diseases, which are considered terminal and hospice-appropriate.  The following information is not meant to be all-inclusive. The book covers information on AIDS, Alzheimer Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer, Cerebrovascular Disease (CVA), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Diabetes Mellitus, Hepatitis, Types of Viral Hepatitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease.

End of Life Pain Management

Pain at the end of life continues to be of great concern as it may be often unrecognized and/or untreated. While it is ethical to reduce suffering at the end of life, barriers remain about appropriate and adequate pain management at the end of life.

Relieving pain is one of the most fundamental measures to improve quality of life especially at the end of life. We must persistently support and advocate for humane and dignified care of the dying by promoting ethical and effective pain and symptom management without exception.

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death

Just as there are signs and symptoms of a disease, there are many signs and symptoms of approaching death in a terminally ill patient. The timeline for these signs and symptoms is a flexible one with changes generally beginning anywhere from one to three months before death occurs. It is important to understand this and prepare for final journey to next life for the terminally ill.

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