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Hospice Care and the Alzheimer’s Patient

Hospice Care

Patients with dementia who qualify for and are enrolled in hospice care typically are beyond the ability to express their end-of-life care preferences verbally.

For such patients, it is important to look for guidance from advance directives or from their family’s understanding of their values, especially when it comes to clarifying important treatment decisions related to feeding tubes, antibiotics, re-hospitalizations .

Many hospices are community advocates for and providers of education about the importance of advance care planning early in the course of the person’s illness, so that values and preferences can be communicated to proxy decision makers.