Here Are 10 Easy-to-Read Signs of Hospice Eligibility
Medical literature continues to provide evidence that hospice care makes a significant and positive impact for patients and their families. Pain and symptom management, hospitalization rate, patient and family satisfaction, and even life expectancy improve when individuals receive the services of an interdisciplinary hospice team.
How do you determine if or when hospice care might be needed for you or a loved one? If you can answer yes to four or more of the questions below, you or a family member may be eligible.
Have you or a loved one:
- Been hospitalized or to the emergency room several times in the past six months?
- Been making more frequent phone calls to his or her physician?
- Started taking medication to lessen physical pain?
- Started spending most of the day in a chair or bed?
- Fallen several times over the past six months?
- Started feeling weaker or more tired?
- Experienced weight loss so that clothes are noticeably looser?
- Started needing help from others with any of the following: bathing, dressing, eating, getting out of bed or walking?
- Noticed a shortness of breath, even while resting?
- Been told by a physician that life expectancy is limited?
For more detailed information about our personalized programs and services, please contact us at 866.821.1212, email, or fill out our convenient online form. A hospice professional will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and can assess you or a family member for hospice eligibility.