What are the Guidelines for Hospice?
Before admission to hospice, the patient must meet Medicare guidelines and be approved by the patient’s primary physician and the hospice medical director.
To be eligible for hospice services, the patient must:
- Have a life-threatening illness with a life expectancy of six (6) months or less and is no longer receiving treatment toward a cure.
- Have a desire for hospice care.
- Have been informed of prognosis, both patient and caregiver.
- Have a primary caregiver.
- Sign an informed consent to receive palliative care instead of curative care.
This special care is primarily provided in the patient’s home, however, those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other inpatient facility may also be eligible.