For Hospice & Palliative Care of VA
hospice does not have to be a difficult decision. When a physician feels
that there is nothing more that can be done to cure a life threatening
illness or if the patient makes the decision not to pursue further
treatment, hospice is the natural choice for comfort and quality end-of-life
care. It allows the individual control over his care in a way that no other
healthcare service can. If at any time during hospice enrollment the patient
decides upon a different course of care, he can simply sign a revocation
statement and proceed with that option.
The only requirements for hospice care are as follows:
- The patient's
physician must agree that his illness is in its end-stage.
- The person must
reside in one of the following areas while care is being administered:
The counties of Wise, Lee, Scott, Dickenson, Buchanan, Russell,
Tazewell, Washington and Smyth or the cities of Norton and Bristol,
The most common
diagnosis refereed to Hospice are included below,
although any disease that threatens to take a person's life within the span
of 6 months can be a hospice diagnosis. Follow the links to learn more about
Disease & Dementia
including AIDS dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Subdural
Advanced Heart Disease
including Acute MI, Angina, Congestive Heart Failure, Aortic Stenosis,
Diabetes W/ complications.
Advanced Liver Disease
Disease including COPD, Asthma,
Emphysema, Pneumonia, Pulmonary Fibrosis, TB, Pulmonary Edema.
Decline in Clinical
There may be circumstances when Hospice is
appropriate, even if one of the above diagnoses is not present. Please
call our office for a consultation.