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Hospice Eligibility

  • Qualified Medicare benefit
  • Limited life expectancy (6 months or less if disease ran its normal course)
  • Condition not likely reversible
  • Concentrates on quality of life
  • Care not cure
    • Pain and symptom management

Signs and Symptoms which may indicate a need for Hospice

  • Increased confusion
  • Weight loss
  • Multiple hospitalizations
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty in performing daily activities and personal care
  • Personal care
  • Overall decline
  • Progression of disease

Possible Hospice Diagnoses

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac
  • Pulmonary
  • Dementia
  • Renal
  • HIV/AIDS
  • CVA
  • Neuromuscular - ALS, MS, Parkinson's
  • Adult Failure to Thrive/Debility

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