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Choosing to receive hospice care is not an easy decision. If you’re unsure about whether or not someone is ready to receive hospice care, talk to their primary physician or Salute Hospice directly. Admission to hospice is centered on the prognosis of a patient with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its expected course. Common hospice diagnosis include, but are not limited to, various cancers, end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, end-stage Alzheimer’s disease, end-stage neurological diseases, dementia, and AIDS. Patients can also consider hospice services when medical treatments can no longer cure their disease or when the side-effects from the medical treatment overshadow the benefits.

Signs & Symptoms That Indicate
It’s Time For Hospice Care

Hospice care is available to those who have been certified by a physician as having six months or less to live if their condition/illness follows its normal course. Other signs or symptoms that indicate that it may be time for hospice care include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Curative medical treatments are no longer effective or cause side effects such as persistent discomfort and pain.
  • The patient is increasingly unable to perform the regular activities such as maintaining personal hygiene, dressing themselves, feeding themselves, and/or maintaining continence.
  • The patient has lost 10% or more of their body weight within a span of 6 months.
  • The patient has been hospitalized or has been to the emergency room three or more times within a span of 6 months.
  • The patient’s physical activity has declined within a span of 6 months.
  • The patient’s mental alertness/cognition has declined within a span of 6 months.
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