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Palliative Pearl:

One minute functional assessment in advanced COPD

September 2019 –

Showering often becomes the most difficult physical exertion in these patients.

Asking one of the following questions can quickly help assess whether a patient may be hospice eligible, may need their blood pressure medications reduced to reduce risk of falls or need more palliation for breathlessness.

  • “Some patients avoid showering because it’s so exhausting.  Is this a problem for you?”
  • “How long do you have to rest after taking a shower?”
  • “Do you feel lightheaded or weak in the shower?”

About Hospice of the Northwest

Hospice of the Northwest is a skilled, caring and compassionate team of nursing, medical, social and spiritual professionals, volunteers and generous donors. Together, we provide comprehensive care and comfort for patients facing serious illness and the loved ones who care for them. We’ve been serving the residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish Counties since 1989.

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