Hospice Compounding

Long Term Care

Caring for a loved one in a hospice environment can be challenging. You, the physician, and your Northwest Compounding Pharmacist can provide personalized symptom control and pain relief.

The need for hospice compounding is growing.

As the elderly population grows, the need for compassionate hospice care becomes more and more relevant. At the heart of hospice care is the belief that each person has the right to die pain free and with dignity. In many cases the care is provided in the patient's home with a loved one serving as primary caregiver.

Compounding offers options.

Unique drug combinations can be prepared to allow patients to continue to live normally within their pain threshold. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can design a specific medication to the exact needs of the patient.Many hospice patients have trouble taking their medications. Transdermal gels, flavored troches (placed between the cheek and gum), suppositories, oral suspensions or even lollipops are some of the many alternatives to traditional dosage forms.

Relief can be tailored to a patient's specific needs.

Common symptoms experienced in end-of-life care such as pain, nausea/vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bedsores, and anxiety can be dealt with through compounding.

Hospice care centers around pain management. The goal is to relieve as much pain as possible without causing sedation or adverse side effects. Since patients vary in size, tolerance and needs, commercially available medications often do not provide the appropriate strength or method of administration. Relief can be tailored to a patient's specific needs. Unique drug combinations can be prepared to allow patients to continue to live normally within their pain threshold. Through compounding, a physician and pharmacist can design a specific medication to the exact needs of the patient.

Hospice Compounding for Unique Needs:

  • Alternative routes of administration
  • Individualized pain management
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Inhalation therapy
  • Emergency kits
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Saliva stimulants
  • Adjunctive therapies