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Indicators of in-home hospice eligibility

Signs That It May Be Time for Hospice

Hospice Readiness Signs

It is a common misconception that hospice care is only for patients who have reached a stage of extreme debilitation. The indicators of in-home hospice eligibility can be subtle and easily overlooked. It is often the overlapping of many smaller factors that point a patient’s prognosis toward hospice qualification.

Common Indicators

  • Not improving after a fall or health decline, even with surgery, therapies or other interventions
  • Needing increased assistance with activities of daily living such as walking, getting in and out of bed or a chair, dressing, bathing, feeding and/or toileting
  • Increased dependency of supportive devices, like needing a wheelchair instead of a walker or using a bedside commode instead of a toilet
  • Adapting the usual environment because of fatigue, balance or weakness issues, like always sleeping in a recliner instead of the bed or holding onto walls when walking
  • Unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty swallowing
  • Multiple hospitalizations or ER visits
  • Recurrent falls or recent hip fracture
  • Recurrent infections
  • New or worsening wounds that won’t heal
  • New use of an assistive device such as cane, walker or wheelchair
  • New or worsening incontinence
  • Decreased communication or change in socialization behavior
  • A significant emotional event such as death of a spouse or a change in home setting
  • New or worsening mental or cognitive function

Why Choose Hospice Sooner?

Research indicates that hospice care improves symptom distress, care quality, caregiver outcomes, patient and family satisfaction. Hospice care data is associated with improved quality of life and longer survival rates.

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To learn more about hospice services near you, contact your local Elara Caring team.

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