Admission Eligibility

All hospice and palliative care providers are not the same. Hospice Alliance has been an active member of the communities we serve for nearly 35 years. We are truly community based and community focused.

Hospice Alliance is a non-profit provider. We offer services that corporate-owned providers can’t or won’t. Every patient receives award-winning care, regardless of ability to pay.

Hospice Eligibility:

The first step in evaluating whether a patient with a life-limiting illness is appropriate for hospice care is determining that the patient prefers hospice and palliative care over curative treatment. In addition, a patient will likely have one or more of the following indicators present:

  • Loss of function/physical decline
  • Increase in hospitalizations
  • Dependence in most activities of daily living
  • Multiple co-morbidities
  • Increase in ER visits
  • Unexplained weight loss

The patient’s personal physician or a hospice physician must certify that the patient’s prognosis is six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. Hospice care can be extended beyond six months as long as the patient continues to meet eligibility criteria.

Disease specific eligibility indicators:

(Patient may not need to meet all disease specific criteria if the patient has worsening clinical status)

Alzheimer’s Disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Cancer
CVA and Coma
Heart Disease – CHF
HIV/AIDS
Liver Disease
Pulmonary Disease – COPD
Renal Disease
Dementia and/or General Decline

More Resources

Information on Caring Connections can assist people in making decisions about end of life care and services before they are absolutely needed. It is offered as a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which also provides quality resource materials and information.
The National Hospice Foundation and the Hospice Foundation offers valuable supporting resources as well.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation: 1-800-830-8344