Hospice Care

Hospice is specialized healthcare focusing on pain and symptom management of life-limiting illnesses. Care focuses on the aggressive treatment of the illnesses’ effects. To be eligible for hospice care:

  • An individual must be diagnosed with any life-limiting illness, which may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney/liver failure, stroke, coma, ALS, or dementia/Alzheimer’s to name a few.
  • A physician must agree that the individual has a life expectancy that is limited by the illness and must agree to manage the individual’s care while receiving hospice services.

In addition to being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, individuals appropriate for hospice care may be experiencing any of the following:

  • Significant, ongoing weight loss
  • Pain requiring increasing doses of pain medication
  • Difficulty with daily activities requiring more assistance
  • Increasing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and physician office visits
  • Multiple complex medical conditions