Who is Eligible?

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.

General Guidelines: When is Hospice Appropriate?

  • The person has a life-limiting prognosis with six months or less to live
  • The patient requires frequent visits to the physician’s office or emergency room
  • The patient is becoming weaker and requires more assistance with activities of daily living
  • A significant decline in the patient’s physical or mental health state
  • The patient’s disease is progressing at a rapid rate or new diagnosis are added
  • The patient has unintentional weight loss
  • The patient’s level of mobility has declined and requires more assistance with daily living
  • The patient has recently chosen to stop aggressive treatment options

Common Eligible Diagnoses

Patients with any of the following illnesses or end-stage diseases may be appropriate for a hospice referral once eligibility criteria are met:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Neurological diseases
  • Stroke or Coma
  • Parkinson’ disease
  • Failure to thrive