Hospice and palliative care provider Alleo Health has launched a new program to provide specialized care for end-stage chronic lung disease patients through daily assessments, an in-home comfort kit and additional clinical support.
The program, branded as Clear Journey, is designed primarily to support Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which encompasses a wide range of illnesses such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. About 11% of hospice patients have a respiratory condition as their principal diagnosis, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
“Studies have shown pulmonary patients under hospice care live an average of three precious months longer than they would have otherwise,” said Greg Phelps, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Alleo Health. “The Clear Journey program provides Alleo Health another way to remarkably elevate the quality of life of end-stage, chronic lung disease patients and their loved ones across southeast Tennessee, Alabama, northwest Georgia, and western North Carolina.”
Alleo is the parent company of Hospice of Chattanooga, Palliative Care Services, Good Shepherd Hospice, Comprehensive Care, Upper Cumberland Hospice and Palliative Care Services, and Kangaroo Kidz. Kangaroo Kidz is the Chattanooga region’s only pediatric specialty hospice and palliative care provider.
Alleo Health System emerged on the scene in 2019 when the non-profit Hospice of Chattanooga rebranded its network of hospice and palliative care providers.
Each Clear Journey patient receives a daily assessment by visit or phone and 24-hour access to a nurse or nurse practitioner, seven days a week.
“COPD can be a terminal condition, just like many other chronic and debilitating illnesses. Many family members and physicians agree the primary focus for end-stage COPD patients should be disease and symptom management in the comfort of their own homes,” said Tracy Wood, President and CEO of Alleo Health. “We want to be there so these patients and their families do not have to make their journeys alone.”