Common Signs Someone Is Ready For Hospice
There are many reasons for a person or family to seek the comfort and symptom management of hospice, including:
- Frequent hospitalizations or trips to the ER.
- An expressed desire not to go or return to the hospital.
- Advanced age (greater than 90 years) with more than one condition or illness at the same time.
- Multiple falls.
- Reduced desire to eat, leading to significant weight loss, changes in body composition and increased chances of choking.
- Sudden weight loss (5lbs in the last month or 10% or more of total body weight in the last 3 months.)
- Lack of progress in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or psychiatric rehabilitation.
- Decreasing alertness, avoiding people and activities they would usually enjoy, increased sleeping or mental confusion.
- Frequent, recurrent infections that respond poorly to treatment.
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers).
- Increased or uncontrolled pain affecting daily living.
- Inability to perform tasks of daily living.
- Shortness of breath that causes a decrease in activities of daily living.
- A change in cardiac condition causing swelling and affecting daily living.