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When is a patient ready for hospice?

To receive hospice care, two physicians must agree that a patient has a six-month prognosis if the disease runs its normal course. The patient must also no longer be seeking aggressive curative treatment. With hospice, care shifts from cure to comfort, focusing on pain and symptom management and quality of life.

Hospice is not only for the elderly—we care for people of all ages who are nearing the end of life, including children.

When considering if a patient meets the medical guidelines for hospice services, ask yourself: Would I be surprised if a particular individual lived longer than six months?

If you answered “yes,” please contact us for more information.

Diseases and Conditions We Care For

We serve patients of all ages who have a variety of life-limiting diseases or conditions. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart and liver diseases
  • Cancer
  • COPD
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s
  • Certain conditions related to aging

 

Learn more about diagnosis-specific indicators for hospice care.

General Signs and Symptoms

Signs indicating a patient may meet the medical guidelines for hospice include:

  • Increased or uncontrolled pain
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Decline in ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits
  • Increased weakness and/or fatigue
  • Increased skin problems
  • Withdrawal, confusion, bedbound
  • Progressive decline, in spite of curative medical therapies

 

We can provide answers to the common questions you might have: