Who is Eligible for Hospice?
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.
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