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When is It Time For Hospice?

Hospice services are available to individuals facing a qualified life-limiting illness, whether bed-bound or not, and regardless of imminent passing. Timely admission to hospice care is advantageous for patients and their families, allowing them to fully utilize the benefits offered.
Here are some signs you and your family may be ready for hospice care:
  • Curative treatment is no longer effective or wanted. Treatment may also create symptoms that increase suffering and/or pain.
  • ​There is an increase of decline in health, frequent trips to the emergency room or hospital. 
  • Increased sleeping, mental confusion, or decreased alertness. 
  • Increase of symptoms such as shortness of breath. nausea or vomiting, and frequent or recurring infections. 
  • A doctor has certified the patient has six months or less to live due to their condition/disease.
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Hospice-appropriate Diagnosis

Hospice Diagnosis pertains to a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less, though a patient may surpass this timeframe. Some of these conditions are and are not limited to:
  • Variety of Cancers
  • Stroke
  • Parkinsons
  • Liver Disease
  • End Stage Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • End Stage Alzheimer & Dementia
  • Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Neurological Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • And Many More...
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