Typically, patients become eligible for hospice care when they no longer seek curative treatments for a terminal illness. Hospice care focuses on symptom and pain management for the patient and emotional, spiritual and physical support for the patient and family. In general, to be eligible, a patient must be diagnosed with a terminal illness, must not be seeking curative treatments and must have or obtain a physician's statement of the terminal diagnosis with a six month or less prognosis. Hospice eligibility is often extended beyond six months upon further medical review. However, hospice patients may improve and graduate from hospice care for a period of time and then become eligible again as their illness progresses.
To learn more about patient eligibility, please call 3HC at 800-692-4442.