When is it Time to Consider Hospice Care?
There are general guidelines and common signs or symptoms that indicate a person may be in need of hospice care. These guidelines are not specific to any diagnosis, but they are good indicators of declining health that may be occurring with someone you know.
For information or to arrange a hospice consultation call Ambercare at 1-877-861-0060.
- Decision to discontinue treatment(s) for a terminal illness or a continued decline in condition despite aggressive treatment or curative medications
- Unexplained progressive weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Increased or unmanaged pain or other symptoms such as, constipation, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Increased confusion or loss in cognitive functions
- Incontinence of bowel and bladder
- Skin breakdown including compromised skin and pressure ulcers
- Increased difficulty in verbal communications
- Continued decline in activities of daily living such as: needing assistance with bathing or dressing, feeding, function and mobility and assistance with transfers
- Prior to hospice admission a registered nurse must evaluate to ensure a patient qualifies for hospice based on the medicare-mandated criteria