Life Limiting Illness

What is a Life-Limiting Illness?

A life-limiting illness is a chronic disease or condition that doesn’t respond to curative treatments, leading to a terminal diagnosis. Having a life-limiting illness qualifies a patient for hospice pending a medical director assessment.

Cancer is the most common such illness. Others include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Heart disease or congestive heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Emphysema and other respiratory diseases
  • Liver disease
  • End-stage renal disease
  • AIDS

Hospice may also be appropriate for those patients who have several comorbidities (diagnoses) that, when considered together, leave their health fragile and shorten their life expectancy.