Fast Scale Stage 6*
a. Difficulty dressing
b. Serious difficulties with bathing
c. Inability to toilet properly without help
d. Urinary incontinence
e. Fecal incontinence.
Fast Scale Stage 7a*
a. Severely limited speech, just a handful of words a day
b. Little to no intelligible speech
c. Unable to walk
d. Unable to sit up without help
e. Unable to smile
f. Unable to hold head up without help
1. Disease Related Complications such as:
a. Aspiration pneumonia
b. Pyelonephritis or upper urinary tract infection
d. Decubitus ulcers, multiple, stage 3-4
e. Fever recurrent after antibiotics
f. Difficulty swallowing or refusal to eat
g. If receiving artificial nutritional support (NG or G-tube, TPN), patient must be exhibiting continued weight loss despite the feedings
h. Protein calorie malnutrition:
i. Weight loss over 11% or
ii. BMI<18 or
iii. Albumin <3.1
2. Significant Comorbidity such as:
a. Heart Failure
b. Advanced Cancer
If the patient does not meet above guidelines but is still thought to be appropriate for hospice (e.g., has comorbidities, recent rapid decline), please call for an assessment.
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