also provided regarding conversations around palliative care and the importance

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also provided regarding conversations around palliative care and the importance of understanding a patient’s treatment goals. - patients Hospice Care Palliative care often gets confused with Hospice Care. Hospice services offer palliative care to patients with a terminal illness. Hospice is paid for under the Medicare benefit and some insurances also have a hospice plan if the patient is not eligible for Medicare. A patient may qualify for hospice services if a physician can attest that given the disease follows its normal course the patient will have 6 or less months to live. The following terminal illnesses are a few to consider when deciding if your patient may be appropriate or not: 1. End Stage Alzheimer’s Disease or Lewy Body Dementia 2. End Stage COPD 3. End Stage CVA 4. End Stage Cardiac disease 5. End stage Parkinson’s 6. Cancer (as long as the patient is no longer seeking aggressive treatment) 7. End Stage Liver Disease 8. End Stage Renal Disease 9. Protein Calorie Malnutrition Page 17 of 2 Practicum I: Adult Health - Adults & Gerontology ©2016 South University
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Neurological Conditions Week 9 Below are some links to tools that the hospice team uses to determine if a patient is appropriate or not for hospice care. Remember the number one sign of decline is weight loss and secondly decreased functional assessment. Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) article: Dementia FAST scale If you feel your patient is hospice eligible you as the provider can make a referral for evaluation. Page 18 of 2 Practicum I: Adult Health - Adults & Gerontology ©2016 South University
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