Having a family member that has endured a terminal disease for a long time is not easy. Hospice care is an option if the person’s condition has reached a stage where a cure is no longer possible. Nevertheless, not all patients meet the criteria for this health service.

Common diseases for hospice eligibility

The most common disease for hospice eligibility are:

Heart Disease
Respiratory Diseases

Who can enter a hospice program?

Patients are eligible for Hospice Care when they meet the following:

  • The illness is terminal, and the patient and their family have decided not to start or continue fighting.
  • The patient has a declining functional status. For example, they need assistance for three out of six daily activities.
  • The patient has lost more than 10% of their body weight over the last four to six months.
  • Observing a notable and documented deterioration in the patient’s overall clinical condition from the past 4 – 6 months.
  • The patient has had three or more hospitalizations or ER visits over the last four to six months.

These guidelines help physicians determine when their patients meet clinical guidelines for hospice eligibility for life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice nurse performing tasks

What services are provided by a hospice care organization?

The following are some of the services offered through hospice:

At Ascend Hospice Care, we can help you manage this challenging time with dignity and love. With attentive and individualized care, we embrace a personalized and holistic approach, caring for the whole person’s mind, body, and spirit.

Palliative care nurse caring for patient

Request hospice care

The staff will try to accommodate your request and call at the specified time.
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We understand that the decision to transition towards end-of-life therapy needs to be taken with utmost care, that’s why we created this helpful blog.