Who is eligible for Hospice care?
A person that has an illness and an estimated life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its usual course. After electing hospice, the person’s eligibility must be certified by a physician (normally the hospice’s medical director in conjunction with the patient’s attending physician).
Is hospice only for people who are dying?
Hospice is for people who have a limited life expectancy of six months or less. This means that he or she has a condition that makes dying a realistic possibility.
Who is best suited for hospice care?
Hospice patients are those with serious medical conditions. Usually they have diseases that are life threatening and make physically, emotionally, or spiritually day-to-day living very uncomfortable. Hospice specializes in easing pain, discomfort, and distress on all levels. The care provided by hospice is often helpful for conditions such as cancer, heart disease, COPD (emphysema) and advanced dementia...
Hospice is a philosophy of care. Hospice is a service, not a location. Hospice treats the person rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life. Hospice surrounds the patient and family with a team consisting of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual issues as well. Hospice care is patient-centered because the needs of the patient and family drive the activities of the hospice team.
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