When an individual begins to experience a decline in regular self-care capabilities or other life-limiting symptoms, their doctor may suggest they consider hospice care. Once the doctor determines that the path of curative treatments is no longer appropriate and estimates life expectancy to be six months or less based on the Medicare Hospice Criteria, referrals can be made for hospice services. While an individual must have a doctor’s referral to receive hospice care, they, or a family member, can call us without a referral to talk about options and to initiate the process.
People of any age, with any of the following illnesses, may be appropriate for a hospice referral if eligibility criteria are met:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Multiple Sclerosis
- Stroke or coma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia
- Heart disease, such as Congestive heart failure or Coronary artery disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Lung disease, such as COPD or Pulmonary fibrosis
- General decline in condition due to age or multiple health conditions
This list does not cover every condition however if there are any questions regarding eligibility or how we might offer Hospice care and support, please contact Northern Light Home Care & Hospice.