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A person experiencing symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease should have different care provided than an individual with a heart condition. Each person is different, and their care plan should be reflective based on the special care they need for their life-limiting illness or condition.
The following information can be used to help determine if it is the right time to consider hospice.
Hospice can help those experiencing symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease and forms of dementia by controlling pain, relieving anxiety, and improving quality of life.
Here are a few signs that may lead to hospice eligibility:
Here are also a few criteria that could relate to complications due to dementia. Has your loved one experienced one or more of the following in the past year:
As there are many different types of cancer, the following hospice cancer criteria are general rules used to determine if hospice is the right choice for a patient.
Clinical hospice cancer criteria may include:
When an individual begins to experience one or more of the following criteria, it may be time to bring on the additional support of hospice care.
Individuals with other types chronic lung or restrictive airway diseases may be experiencing the following:
Any of these criteria can also be accompanied by:
The following criteria could be indicators that it may be a good time to consider the additional support of hospice.
Have you noticed any of the following in recent months:
Sometimes end-of-life is presented an an overall decline in health for hospice patients.
Do any of the following apply:
Individuals with CHF or other types of end-stage cardiac conditions are good indications of hospice eligibility.
Due to the progressive nature of neurological conditions associated with non-Alzheimer’s dementia, such as Parkinsons, MS, ALS, Huntington’s Disease, and others, it can be challenging for families to know the right time for hospice support. CompassionCare Hospice is available for family/patient informational discussions to determine what is right for you.