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HOSPICE CRITERIA

The following are guidelines only. Our admissions nurses will look at the patient as a whole, considering all medical diagnoses and co-morbidities to determine eligibility for hospice services. Please call us for an assessment.
The Hospice Benefit is available to anyone with a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness or disease runs its normal course. Hospice appropriate individuals may exhibit some or all of the following:
 

Frequent hospitalizations
Progressive weight loss
Deteriorating mental abilities
Recurrent infections
Specific decline in condition
 
Indications:

Life limiting condition will decline in functional status, dependence in activities of daily living, recently impaired nutritional status
Increasing ER visits and/or hospitalizations for complications of disease and/or treatments
Patient/family choosing to focus on comfort rather than cure
Patient/caregiver/physician in agreement with palliative care
 
 Are several criteria for a hospice admission, including:

Patient must be in the last stages of a life-threatening illness.
Physician certfication and orders are required for admission.
(Anyone can make a referral.)
Patient must be a resident of Madison County. (Patients in contiguous counties are also accepted on a case-by-case basis.)
 
Patients and caregivers have a right to dignity and respect. You and your caregiver have the right not to be discriminated against based on social status, political belief, sexual preference, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicap.