Who Is Eligible For Hospice Care?

Hospice care is for people who have chosen comfort-oriented care over the pursuit of further curative or experimental treatment. Anyone who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and whose life is most likely measured in months rather than years, may select hospice care.

Technically speaking, there are three main requirements for hospice eligibility:

  • The patient has a terminal illness
  • The patient’s life expectancy is six months or less
  • The patient has chosen not to pursue curative care

Changes to these criteria can affect the patient’s hospice eligibility, and individuals may choose to leave hospice care at any time. An individual’s personal physician (or hospital physician) will work with him/her to determine hospice eligibility.

If you, or a loved one or friend, have any further questions about hospice care, please feel free to call our Intake Line at 1-800-692-4442. Our trained and compassionate staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

Feel free to come by our beautiful campus and tour our facility at any time. We will take time to show you around the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House, introduce you to our staff, and answer any questions you may have.

You can see the answers to more common questions about Hospice, Hospice Care, and SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House on our website’s FAQ Page – Click Here Now!


  1. Jaque Christo on December 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for the information on who is available for hospice care. I think hospice is a great way for terminally ill patients to spend their remaining time free from pain. It allows your loved one to sit with you, hold your hand and talk with you about good memories without worrying whether you are in pain or not.