When is it time for hospice?

Our family-centered approach to care ensures that the needs and wishes of our patients and their families are met when faced with life-limiting illness. A patient may be clinically eligible for hospice services if demonstrating one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Decline in overall physical/mental status
  • Weight loss in the last six months
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits
  • Repeat infections (pneumonia, bronchitis, frequent bladder infections)
  • Severe weakness or fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain at rest
  • Recurrent edema/swelling
  • History of heart attack
  • Uses oxygen
  • Uncontrolled pain or vomiting
  • Requires assistance with eating, walking, dressing or toileting

End Stage Diagnoses

  • Alzheimer’s disease and related mental disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease (COPD)
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Renal disease
  • Liver disease
  • AIDS
  • Neurological diseases such as ALS or Parkinson’s

Hospice and Home Health

Choosing the Right Service Hospice and Home Health are often collaborative partners in providing education and support to patients and families when choosing the right service to meet their needs.

Conditions, disease state, treatments

Hospice:

  • Treatment focuses on comfort
  • Life-limiting condition
  • Health is declining
  • Patients are free to visit or travel

Home Health:

  • Treatment focuses on cure
  • Acute medical condition
  • Must show improvement
  • Must be homebound while receiving care

Services Covered

Hospice:

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies
  • Medications
  • Social Services and Planning (patient & family)
  • Bereavement Counseling (up to 13 months)
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Personal Care Assistance & Services
  • Volunteer Services
  • Respite care to relieve caregivers
  • Continuous care during time of crisis

Home Health:

  • Medical Equipment & Supplies
  • Personal Care Assistance & Services

Where are services provided

Hospice:

  • Private Residences & Home
  • Assisted Living Residences (determined by state)
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Hospitals

Home Health:

  • Private Residences & Home
  • Assisted Living Residences (determined by state)

For more information, contact us today.

 

These guidelines are not all inclusive and are intended only to identify some of the conditions or circumstances that might indicate that an individual is appropriate for hospice. For an individual to be eligible for hospice, a hospice medical director or other hospice physician and the individual’s attending physician, if he or she has one, must certify, based on their clinical judgment, that the individual is terminally ill. An individual is terminally ill when he or she has a medical prognosis of a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course. This facility welcomes all persons in need of its services and does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or source of payment.