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7 Things To Know When Considering Hospice Care for a Loved One with Dementia

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

When is it time to seek hospice care for a loved one that is suffering from dementia?

Dementia is a big umbrella category and covers many types of memory problems. Patients with Alzheimer's may live as long as 30 years from the time of diagnosis. Because of this, Medicare has strict guidelines for admitting patients with Alzheimer's and related dementias to hospice.

According to these guidelines from LCDs, a patient is eligible for hospice services if he/she meets these three criteria:

1) has a Palliative Performance Scale of less than 70%

2) is dependent on at least two daily activities of living

3) and meets the disease specific guidelines