About Us » Hospice Criteria
We are often asked “What makes a patient appropriate for hospice services?”
Sanctuary Hospice can help patients with many late stage illnesses, including Cancer, Dementia, Heart, Lung, Kidney and Liver Diseases, ALS, HIV/AIDS, Stroke and a variety of other diagnoses.
The determination of life expectancy, or prognostication, can be very difficult to determine. A patient may be eligible for hospice care if he or she has one or more of the following:
- Physical decline; increased dependence
- Sudden, unexpected weight loss
- Decreased oral intake; related to worsening debility and/or dysphasia
- Multiple comorbid conditions
- Frequent or recurrent infections; UTI, pneumonia
- Frequent, recent hospital visits
- Advanced disease that for which the patient declines aggressive care
To help best determine if a patient is appropriate for hospice care, call Sanctuary staff to discuss your questions.