Cardiac Hospice Program - Care Dimensions

Cardiac Program

Hospice Care

Heart to Heart

Because living with a chronic heart condition can make every day a challenge, Care Dimensions has developed a caring, supportive cardiac program that helps manage symptoms to improve quality of life. Our team of hospice care professionals help patients and caregivers deal with the effects of advanced heart disease after curative treatment is no longer effective. We help patients find relief from:

Chest pain Breathing distress
Respiratory infections Cough and fluid buildup
Difficulty walking Increased anxiety or depression
Difficulty with personal care Sleeping problems
Loss of appetite Fatigue
Stress Nausea

Our goal is to reduce crisis situations and visits to the hospital so cardiac patients can look forward to each day, without pain, worry or stress. We provide 24/7 support and teach patients and families to better control the symptoms of heart disease.

Who is Eligible?

Hospice-eligible patients with advanced cardiac disease can enroll in the program if they exhibit any two of the following:

  • Symptomatic despite optimal treatment with diuretics and vasodilators
  • Recurrent congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Class IV, ejection fraction <20%)
  • Supporting factors of:
    • Arrhythmias resistant to treatment
    • History of cardiac arrest or resuscitation
    • History of unexplained syncope
    • Cardiogenic embolic disease (cerebrovascular accident, CVA)
Multidimensional Care

Our cardiac program provides specialized hospice care for patients with advanced cardiac disease. Services and benefits include:

  • Pain and symptom management to reduce hospital visits
  • Daily calls or visits from the clinical team
  • Telemonitoring devices to help track daily vital signs and symptoms, which are reviewed by the clinical team to alert them before symptoms become critical
  • Kaplan House or the Care Dimensions Hospice House for respite care or acute symptom management to avoid hospitalization
  • Medication and equipment management
  • 24/7 medical, emotional and spiritual support
  • Symptom management procedures to guide patients and caregivers to better control symptoms at home
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Complementary therapies to provide stress relief and improve quality of life
  • Grief support
Our Cardiac Team

Care Dimensions helps patients and caregivers communicate needs, navigate the healthcare system and plan for the future. Our interdisciplinary team brings together the skills and experience of:

  • Board certified physician specializing in hospice and palliative care coordinates care with primary physician and cardiologist
  • Specially trained nurse manages symptoms and pain
  • Hospice aide assists with daily care and housekeeping
  • Social worker helps patients and families cope with emotional and practical issues
  • Chaplain offers non-denominational spiritual support
  • Complementary therapist relieves stress through music, art, massage and more
  • Trained volunteer provides companionship
  • Bereavement counselor helps families prepare for death and cope with grief
Where You Need Us to Be

Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they are:

Quality and Experience

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.

“When my Dad started to develop signs of pneumonia, the cardiac team picked up on it so quickly he was treated at home. Without Care Dimensions, he would have been in the hospital for a week.”

—Gloria Cole, daughter of a Care Dimensions cardiac program patient