Do you wonder if you or someone you know may be eligible for hospice…?

Many people mistakenly believe that a hospice patient must be bed-bound, critically ill, actively dying or unable to continue living life to the fullest. The majority of the time this couldn’t be further from the truth.

While symptoms of a life-limiting illness can have an impact on how you live your life, hospice helps patients and families make the most of their remaining months, weeks or days. Many patients continue to enjoy some social and recreational activities and are encouraged to remain as active as their physical condition will allow. Just as not all hospices are alike – neither are all hospice patients. What is the same, however, is the true definition of eligibility.

The simple answer is this; The hospice benefit is available to anyone with a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness or disease runs its normal course. The patient, of course,must choose to elect hospice, and a physician must certify the patient’s eligibility. Often the patient’s personal physician, or a hospitalist in conjunction with the hospice’s medical director will certify the patient for hospice.

Patients eligible for hospice often are diagnosed with:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke

In addition, Creekside provides services to many patients whose health is rapidly declining, even if they do not have a specific disease diagnosis. Again, the critical factor is a physicians’ statement of a prognosis of six months or less.

If you think that you, your patient, or someone you love could be eligible for hospice, you don’t need to have all of the answers. Just call us now at 650-7669 and ask for the admissions department. One of our information and referral specialists will coordinate with everyone involved to determine eligibility and make any necessary arrangements, even with your primary care doctor.

Medicare Hospice Benefits

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