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Alzheimer’s Disease for Physicians

To qualify for hospice, patients must have:
  • State seven or beyond according to FAST scale
  • Unable to ambulate without assistance
  • Unable to dress without assistance
  • Unable to bathe without assistance
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence, intermittent or constant
  • No meaningful verbal communication stereotypical phrases only, or ability to speak is limited to six or fewer intelligible words

Must have one of the following at admission or within the past six months:

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Pyelonephritis or other urinary tract infection
  • Septicemia
  • Decubitus ulcers
  • Fever; recurrent after antibiotics
  • Inability to maintain sufficient fluids and calorie intake with at least 10% weight lost in past six months OR serum albumin <2.5 gm/dl