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.
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