When Should Hospice Be Considered?

Hospice is designed to provide the best possible quality of life for patients with life-limiting illness. To determine whether you or a loved one is eligible for hospice services, we are happy to offer a complimentary evaluation performed by a Dignity Hospice nurse in consultation with your doctor. Specific diagnoses that indicate the need for hospice, in which a doctor certifies that a terminal condition is present, may include the following:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Cancers
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurologic Diseases (CVA, ALS, MS)
  • Renal Failure
  • Senile Degeneration of the Brain Dementia

In addition to specific diagnoses, some general indicators of a decline in health may also signal a need for a hospice evaluation. These signs may include:

  • Health changes, including incontinence, requiring more assistance in the activities of daily living
  • Increasing frequency and severity of falls
  • Increased need for medication to control pain and discomfort
  • Increased visits to your personal physician, the hospital, or the emergency room
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Sleeping more than 12 hours a day

We encourage you to remember that the hospice benefit can provide an improved quality of life for the patient and their family for many months prior to their passing. Considering hospice does not mean that one is “giving up,” but rather that one is making a positive decision to “give more” in embracing life to its fullest by increasing support and minimizing pain and discomfort.

For more information about hospice and to set up your personalized hospice evaluation in Utah, we welcome you to contact us today at Dignity Hospice of Utah.