Is It Time for Hospice?

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Knowing when to refer a patient for a hospice evaluation can be difficult. Some signs that may indicate eligibility for hospice care are:

  • Unplanned weight loss with or without feeding tube
  • Observation of ill-fitting clothing
  • Excessive sleeping throughout the day for long periods
  • Inability to swallow food to maintain weight
  • Multiple hospital visits/stays in the past six months or increased ER visits
  • Excessive swelling of the legs and ankles, even when feet are propped up-weight gain
  • DNR (Do not resuscitate)
  • Infections not responding to treatment
  • Difficulty breathing, even at rest or with increased oxygen levels
  • Weakness during activities of daily living
  • Frequent changes in medications
  • Pain that is poorly controlled
  • Loss of interest in activities or unable to do self-care (NEW)
  • Not “bouncing back” after an illness
  • Not responding to current treatments or therapy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Wounds that aren’t healing
  • Recent fractures

Hospice qualifications: 

  • The patient is diagnosed with terminal illness
  • The patient and family participate in the plan of care
  • The patient refuses or is not eligible for aggressive care for terminal illness