VITAS maintains an open formulary to ensure that patients transitioning to our care can continue the evidence-based therapies that help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. We tailor our care plans to patients’ wishes and goals at the end of life, and are equipped to continue any disease-directed medications that a patient requires.
We provide the assurance that while medication adjustments may occur as part of their shift from curative care to hospice, they do not need to give up all treatments to receive our care.
Case Study: Patient with Advanced COPD
LH, a 65-year-old male with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on chronic oxygen and with underlying diet-controlled diabetes, is referred to hospice care after losing 20 pounds in the past six months and experiencing functional decline that limits his movement to only a few steps before becoming dyspneic.See Complete Case Study >
Continuation of Disease-Directed Medications
Medications that treat a patient’s illness often also provide symptom and pain relief, making them a crucial element of the hospice modality. VITAS’ open formulary supports continuation of disease-directed medications, including but not limited to:
Diuretics in ACD
Inhalers in ALD
Cholinesterase inhibitors in dementia
Partnerships for Necessary Conversations and Easy Transitions
VITAS leverages our open formulary to facilitate hospice access and simplify the conversations that lead to transitions to hospice care. When physicians trust VITAS to provide whatever medication a patient requires to improve their quality of life, their patients feel more confident with their decision.
Improved Patient Compliance
Once a patient begins service with VITAS, medication, home medical equipment and supplies are delivered to a patient’s preferred setting of care. A VITAS nurse provides instruction and oversight for the patient, their family and caregiver. We’ll also assist with home pill box construction, and clinicians are available by phone 24/7 for questions or concerns.
“The company is run with love and care and concern and humanity. What you can’t get from everyone is the love and compassion that VITAS gave.”
- Danielle V., Chicago
“Dying is a process, and the staff at VITAS knows exactly the best way to assist families with the process. VITAS hospice caregivers are compassionate people doing amazing work — that is the bottom line.”