For many people, the decision to receive hospice care is made following the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Even so, some families still question this decision. Here are some common Hospice qualifiers to help determine when it might be time to elect the hospice benefit.
- Frequent physician, ET and/or Hospital visits
- Weight loss and or BMI < 22
- Decline aggressive therapy or is not a candidate
- EF < 20%
- NYHA Class IV symptoms at rest
- Little or no response to Bronchodilators
- Serum < 2.5
- Dysphagia and/or aspiration pneumonia
- Shortness of breath and/or o2 sat of 88% or less
- Frequent injections
- Upper respiratory infections, bronchitis or pneumonia
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms and have questions about our services at Hospice of North Alabama, please contact one of our office locations near you to speak with a staff member about these Hospice qualifiers.