When is Hospice Care Appropriate?

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:

• cancer
• end-stage heart and lung disease
• kidney disease
• ALS and other neurological diseases
• Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
• AIDS
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?”

 


2 thoughts on “When is Hospice Care Appropriate?

  1. Why does it state certain things such as ALS or end of life symptoms, and unmanageable pain but no one would help me with my wife or her neurologist at Johns Hopkins ALS clinic to get her admitted. Even her doctor was frustrated because she could never get admitted. Maybe there’s reasons we’re unaware of. Sad! But my God knows.
    Mr. Boyette

    1. Mr. Boyette,

      We’re sorry to hear about your frustration. This comment as well as your contact information will be sent over to the appropriate person at Gilchrist and we will investigate to see if we are able to get you some answers.

      Thank you for getting in touch with us.

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