As a concerned family member of a loved one with dementia, you may be wondering about what their hospice prospects are, especially now that their condition, after going through palliative care in California, appears to show no signs of recovery or slowing down.
While nursing care may be one of your top-of-the-mind options, hospice care is the more preferred choice in this situation. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, dementia ranks third among the leading diagnoses for hospice care eligibility.
If your physician recommends this option, go ahead and check your loved one’s eligibility. Eligibility may differ from the hospice care provider, but an official referral from your loved one’s physicians will always be necessary. At Assure Hospice Care, along with this referral, our hospice in Los Angeles, California, welcomes patients whose condition has progressed into one or more of the following:
- Not being able to move or walk around without assistance
- Needing assistance with how to properly bathe, dress, groom, and perform other personal care needs
- Developing bowel and bladder incontinence
- Not being able to speak or communicate in a meaningful way
Unlike most patients receiving this type of care who are likely aware of their plight, dementia patients, due to the very nature of their illness, will face a faster decline in their mental abilities, which means, among others, the inability to express their needs effectively. This makes compassionate care a primary consideration among dementia patients facing end-of-life diagnoses—a principle that hospice care is built on.