Who Is Eligible For Hospice Care?

By: Louis Bruno
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hospice care is provided by establishments that focus on the care of individuals with low life expectancy or disabilities. It is an excellent way to provide companionship and comfort to people who are entering the last stages of their lives.

The staff consists of professionals who are dedicated in making sure that all patients are made comfortable and are well taken care of. Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes gets enquires from clients about hospice care services. Here is some information that can help.

The Criteria

There are certain eligibility criteria that come into play with reference to hospice care, such as:

  • Low Life Expectancy - Patients with the life expectancy of less than six months are eligible to be admitted. The patients require a medical certificate that has been provided by their physician. Patients without a certificate are not eligible to apply. Most hospice centers require two certificates, one should be from the patient’s personal doctor and the other from the doctor treating the particular illness. The hospice care center will accept the patient, once the condition is proved to be terminal.
  • If The Patient Is Suffering From A Terminal Or Serious Illness - A patient requires specialized treatment once their physical condition starts to decline. These patients start to suffer from many health concerns like fatigue, extreme lack of movement, loss of weight etc. Serious medical conditions such as ALS, various forms of cancer, CVA, AIDS (final stage), dementia, multiple sclerosis etc. are all diseases that cannot be ignored and require special attention, especially if the patient is in the last stages of the disease.

When a patient has to undergo many doctor’s visits, they recommend hospice centers as it is more convenient for the family and comfortable for the patient. These institutions provide both night and day services to their patients.

At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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