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Who is Eligible for Hospice?

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Patients are eligible for hospice care when their physician determines the patient has a life expectancy of 6 months or less. The determinants within this guide are to be used as guidelines and should not take the place of a physician’s clinical judgement.

When curative treatment is no longer available, hospice can be a beneficial care option for patients and a tremendous source of emotional and physical support for their families. Hospice care includes a full range of services, including medical, pharmaceutical, social, and spiritual support.

You can read more about Hospice Medicare Criteria on the Medicare website. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation.

This is a sample of the types of diagnosis that can qualify for hospice care:

  • Malignancies (all forms of cancer, leukemia, etc.)
  • End Stage Pulmonary
  • End Stage Heart Disease
  • End Stage Alzheimer’s Disease/ Dementia
  • CVA (Cerebrovascular Disease)/ Stroke
  • End Stage Acute Renal Disease
  • End Stage Chronic Renal Disease
  • End Stage Liver Disease
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • End Stage HIV Infection/ AIDS
  • Multisystem Failure/Debilitating Chronic Conditions