What is the role of Hospice in Chronic Kidney Disease?

“End stage renal disease is a progressive, debilitating, chronic illness requiring nursing and medical interventions. The development of the disease affects quality of life, potentially influencing physical and mental health, functional status, independence, general well-being, personal relationships and social functioning.” (Cleary et al., 2005)

Kidney disease involves complex care management for multiple systems. The role of hospice is meant as a support for the patient and their family as they approach end-of-life. Identifying components that meet the patient’s desired quality of life and creating plans to support these desires is the primary purpose of an interdisciplinary team. The care team is comprised of nursing, social work, and chaplains. We also provide bath aide support and massage therapy for creating comfort and non-pharmacological methods of pain reduction. Because of our unique status as a home health and hospice agency, we also can provide consultation from physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and medical dietitian.