Hospice Physician Services

Pain & Symptom Management

Our hospice physician services are tailored to each individual case. No one needs to live in pain. If the patient feels uncomfortable, have their doctor consult with our hospice and palliative care physicians. Our physician care services manage a patient’s pain and symptoms based on collaborative work with the patient’s primary doctor—particularly those involving cancer and chronic disease resulting in pain and discomfort.

Our hospice and palliative care doctors have extensive knowledge and understanding of pain management drugs and try to minimize pain with as little medication as possible. Doctors also track the dosage and reactions of each condition to reach the correct degree of dosage of pain medication with the least amount of adverse effects on the individual.

Almost all of the pain can be alleviated with proper medications. While decreasing discomfort to a substantial degree, patients will eat and sleep, remain emotionally aware, and retain a sense of freedom, security, confidence, and self-care.

Opiates саn bе аdmіnіѕtеrеd bу mоuth оr іntrаvеnоuѕlу. These include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone, but are not limited to just these. Opiates are stems from the opium poppy in nature. “Opioids” are medications produced that have the same impact as natural opioids. Both medicines are safe, strong, and effective pain medication when prescribed and used appropriately.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Hospice Physician

Things to Know

Our hospice physician may prescribe morphine to control a patient’s pain.  While taking morphine many patients might experience known side effects of opioids.  These are all  genuine concerns which will be briefly discussed as follows:

Sedation and lethargy

A few of the side effects of taking morphine may include sedation and being lethargic. Moreover, this impact may diminish within a few days. By reducing discomfort and making breathing easier, opioids eventually help patients get the much-needed rest they depend on. Once the individual becomes more relaxed and restful, their desire in daily life tasks will also increase.

Nausea

Nausea may arise at first while taking opioids, but tends to wear off after taking these opioids for a few days. Meanwhile, our physician care team can offer a limited amount of additional medication that may be used to treat vomiting and nausea.

Constipation

Constipation from Morphine as well as other opioids should be expected, and therefore should be managed vigorously to ensure patient comfort. Our physician care services will continuously monitor patients’ bowel movements on a day to day basis, ensuring correct movement.

Opioids are Less Effevtive Overtime

Tolerance is possible when morphine is used to manage discomfort for an extended period of time, but this is not always a problem. The dіѕеаѕе is more likely tо have еvоlvеd оvеr time, a сhаngе that can rеѕultѕ in аddеd раіn and discomfort. If and when pain increases, the hospice physician care team can increase the dosage. Doctors will usually start with small doses of morphine then increase the dosages in small amounts until the desired effect is reached. In some circumstances, the medication may be exchanged for a different opioid if the pain continues to increases.

Opioid Addictions:

Opioid addiction is usually rare in hospice cases due to the short periods’ individuals are in a hospice setting and near end-of-life. However, this still might be a valid concern for some, yet we encourage individuals to do their own research. Opioids should never be stopped suddenly after two or more weeks of using opioids, as a change in the body’s dependency will have occurred. This is an innate human nature and not addiction, patients need to be weaned off opiates if so desired. Our physician care team will always take the patients’ wishes into account but will always try to discourage a patient from hurting more than necessary.

Testimonials

Family Testimonials

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Nevada Hospice Care treated my Mom with great kindness, respect, and dignity in her final days. I will always be thankful for their sensitive, yet direct approach to helping me cope with loss, but most importantly their genuine, thoughtful attentiveness to my Mom. Thank you.

Lisa H.
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When my.husband, Dean Abney, was in Nevada Memory Care. Nevada Hospice Care was so loving & compassionate. Hospice also provided entertainment for the residents. Also provided for other groups to come to brighten patients’ day. Always had the best interest of others in mind to make sure patients comfortable &.content. if anyone needs to consider Hospice care. This facility comes highly recommended. All staff gives of themselves, kindness, love & concern. My husband passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018. I had a final time with him just before. He went to take a nap as I left. I.hope these words provide hope, peace of mind to anyone needing Hospice care. Roberta LuAnn Abney.

Roberta A.
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No more emotional & difficult decision exists in life then when deciding who to entrust with the care of your loved ones. We were very lucky and quite blessed to find Nevada Hospice Care. The home is located in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood. The facility is kept extremely clean and most importantly the staff is top-notch, caring and loving people who provide 24/7 care with the most difficult of situations. Affordable & extremely professional yet wonderfully personal. We couldn’t be happier with our experience. Thank you Nevada Hospice Care! 🙏🏼

Dan L.
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….. the care is exceptional. There is no other better peace of mind knowing your loved one is cared for and loved. I’m eternally grateful for this company and their staff.

Gina S.
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…I even hear from Pastor Adam checking on me and my family. If anyone is in need of help for their loved ones and are looking for the best care ever I would highly recommend Nevada Hospice Care and all of their staff. Stay safe and love one another ….

Kathryn G.
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I have ran care homes for 7 years. I have had their service on numerous residents and they have some of the best staff. From their CNA’s to Management, they are always willing to give my staff TB tests and training. I cannot tell them enough how much I appreciate their service. They are always willing to help out! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Nichole C.
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Nevada Hospice Care took care of my Mother-in-law who had terminal cancer. The attention and care they gave was what we needed during that horrible time for our family. I will always be thankful to the amazing CNA and Nurse who cared for her and the management team who made it all possible. Thank You

Maria H.
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The professional and caring services that your organization provided for our loved one at the will never be forgotten. The book that you provided helped the family understand the full process of transitioning, it was very comforting. Each day you kept him clean and made the end of his life a comforting experience. We can’t thank you enough.

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Everything we felt our brother needed, from the custom requests for breakfast to a different bed, Nevada Hospice Care responded immediately without question. As they monitored my brother on a daily basis, they recommended changes to us so that we could make the decisions for our brother.

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To all members of Nevada Hospice who assisted my mom. Thank you all for your compassion and kindness to my mom and me during the last hours of her life. I will always remember your kind words to me. You are a wonderful group of people.

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