Common Hospice Conditions

The fact is hospice is for anyone living with a life limiting illness that has a life expectancy of approximately six months or less.

Did you know you can leave hospice at any time for any reason. Consider hospice care early – we think you will be amazed at how much hospice improves the quality of life for those we serve.

General Guidelines that indicate it is time to consider hospice:

  1. A recent decline in functional status/physical decline
    • Multiple falls
    • Increased calls/visits to physician
    • Emergency Department visits
    • Hospitalizations
    • Sleeping more
    • Increase in pain or other symptoms
    • Change in mental status (less alert, more confused, etc.)
  2. Dependence upon others for Activities of Daily Living (ADL).  Needs more help with:
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Using the rest room
    • Eating
  3. Recent decline in nutritional status with unintentional weight loss
  4. Multiple chronic diseases or conditions

Common Hospice Diagnoses & Some of Their Hospice Indicators

Cancer

  • Curative treatment unlikely to improve quality or length of life
  • Metastasis to multiple sites

Heart Failure

  • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath with and without activity
  • Taking multiple cardiac medications
  • Patient and/or physician believe heart surgery is not a preferred option

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Shortness of breath at rest and with any activity
  • Recurring respiratory infections
  • Using multiple inhalers with poor response

Dementia

  • Speaks few intelligible words
  • Needs help to sit up
  • Unable to walk without assistance

Stroke/CVA

  • Difficulty swallowing, unable to take in adequate nutrition
  • No feeding tube (current or planned)

Liver Failure

  • Ascites despite use of diuretics
  • Serum albumin 1.5

Renal Failure

  • Considering stopping dialysis
  • Serum creatinine >8.0 (>6.0 for diabetics)

HIV

  • CD4+ count 100,000
  • Secondary conditions(Kaposi’s sarcoma, pneumocystis pneumonia, fungal infections, etc.)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Barely intelligible speech
  • Significant shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing accompanied by rapid weight loss
  • No feeding tube or ventilator (current or planned)

Patients and families often tell us that they wish they had known about hospice sooner. It is never too early to educate yourself about hospice or ask for a hospice evaluation. We encourage you to contact us at 208-947-6800 or fill out our contact us form to request additional information about hospice or to request a no obligation visit and evaluation.

Hospice should be a timely choice… Not a last resort.


Please fill out our contact us form or call us at 208-947-6800 to learn more about how Harrison’s Hope can help you and/or your loved ones, today. We have offices in the Boise metropolitan area and Twin Falls and serve many surrounding counties.

About Harrison's Hope

At Harrison's Hope, we take our commitment to providing care at the end of your life or your loved one's life as seriously as if you were our own family member. We believe your journey should be focused on living each of your days fully, however you define that. Our promise: No one dies alone, afraid or in pain.

Explore this site to see the impact our care has had on others at the end of their life. Discover our exceptional care to Veterans, check out who will care for you, including our complimentary alternative therapies, or give us a call for further information. We look forward to being of service to you on this most sacred of journeys.

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Harrison's Hope Meridian
3137 S. Meridian Road
Suite 120
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 947-6800
Fax: (208) 947-6806

Harrison's Hope Twin Falls
Phone: (208) 944-2021
Fax: (208) 208-209-6069

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