Your primary physician determines that you have a life limiting diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less, AND You and your family elected treatment to focus on symptoms and pain relief versus curative treatment.
Examples of life limiting conditions may include:
Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia with inability to walk
Cancer with distant metastasis
End stage diseases including:
Liver or kidney – not eligible for transplant or eligible but choose not to pursue a transplant
Heart – cardiac insufficiency at rest
Lung – bed to chair existence
Other contributing factors could be:
Development of wounds
Mainly chair and bed-bound requiring assistance for all activities of daily living (ADLs)
Multiple emergency room visits or hospitalizations
Repeated and frequent infections
Significant, recent weight loss with refusal or inability to eat or drink enough to sustain life
Swallowing problems or choking
While pain and symptom management is a priority of hospice care, the ultimate goal is to assist you and your family in achieving what is most important to you at the time when quality of life matters most.