Hospice Eligibility and Qualification
Hospice care is for people who have a terminal illness and a limited life expectancy of six months or less, if the disease runs its normal course. The advanced stages of numerous diseases and illnesses may qualify a patient for hospice care.
Some of these advanced diseases include:
• Senescence or Debility • Alzheimer’s Disease • ALS (Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis) • Cancer • Cardiovascular Disease • Dementia • HIV/AIDS • Liver Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Neuromuscular Disease • Parkinson’s Disease • Pulmonary Disease Renal Disease • Stroke • Coma •
A patient’s attending physician (if available) in conjunction with the hospice physician can make the determination for hospice eligibility.
The following general symptoms may indicate that a patient is appropriate for hospice care:
• Fatigue and Weakness • Decreased appetite • Poor food intake • Difficulty swallowing • Weight loss and malnutrition • Difficulty performing day-to-day activities • Recurring infections • Frequent hospitalizations •
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