When is it time for Hospice?

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

  • Frequent hospitalizations
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Deteriorating mental abilities
  • Recurrent infections
  • Disease-specific declines
  • Decrease in functional ability
  • Not “bouncing back” after an illness

When a hospice referral is made, the hospice team can do a consultative visit to determine if someone is eligible to start hospice care.

elderly couple comforting one another

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