Hospice care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness whose life expectancy is measured in months rather than years and where the primary goal has shifted to comfort-oriented care.
Hospice care is provided to individuals diagnosed with:
• end-stage heart and lung disease
• kidney disease
• ALS and other neurological diseases
• Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
and any other life-limiting diseases
Signs/Symptoms that you or your loved one may be eligible for hospice:
- Progressive weakening
- Decrease in appetite/weight loss
- Decreased alertness
- Required increase in pain medication
- Shortness of breath at rest
- Inability to be active for long periods of time
- Recurrent infections/aspiration pneumonia
- Multiple hospitalizations (3+ in 6 mos.)
- General decline
- Uncontrolled symptoms – including frequent falls or intense, unmanageable pain
Questions? Read our FAQs about hospice.
If you are a resident of Central Maryland (Baltimore City or Baltimore, Carroll, Harford or Howard Counties) and think you or a loved one is eligible for hospice, please fill out our online referral form or call our toll-free Referral Hotline: 1.800.HOSPICE.
Come back next week for our third entry in this 5-part series: “Where is hospice care provided?”