Admission Criteria

Identifying Criteria for Eligibility for Hospice Services

  • Progressive decline in health
  • Frequent hospitalizations in the past six months
  • Repeat or multiple infections
  • Increased or uncontrolled pain
  • Progressive or profound weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Alterations in mental status
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Other uncontrolled symptoms

Not all Hospice patients have cancer.  Other non-cancer diagnoses include:

  • End-stage Congestive Heart Failure
  • End-stage Coronary Artery Disease
  • End-stage Renal Disease
  • End-stage Lung Disease; COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • End-stage Liver Disease
  • AIDS
  • Dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Stroke