Hospice services are available across the lifespan to anyone who needs them.Hospice provides comfort care and services to patients with any terminal diagnosis, not only cancer. Hospice admits patients with both cancer and non-cancer diagnoses.
Patients with any terminal diagnosis are eligible. The most common are:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD: TYPE 1 OR TYPE 2)
General Criteria for Hospice Care The patient has a prognosis of less than 6 months if the disease runs its normal course. The terminal diagnosis and prognosis is confirmed in writing by two physicians.The patient and family choose to focus on comfort, rather than curative treatments.