Home Hospice Care Eligibility
Who is eligible for hospice care?
If your doctor has certified your prognosis as not longer than six months, you are eligible for hospice. This applies to anyone of any age, with any type of illness. As well as cancer patients, people with ALS, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, for example, can also benefit greatly from hospice care. Alzheimer’s disease, in particular, is often overlooked for hospice referral because of its slow progression. People with Alzheimer’s are usually referred to hospice when they are in the final stages of the illness, which can be very helpful to family members even if the person can no longer communicate.
You can receive hospice care in a nursing home if the nursing home agrees to allow the hospice staff to provide the primary care. Hospice pays for all of the medications and equipment needed in the nursing home. If you’re in a Board and Care facility, the B&C must obtain a waiver from licensing to have someone from hospice at the facility.
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