Hospice Eligibility Criteria

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths.

Hospice Criteria for Cancer:

  1. Palliative Performance Score (PPS) ≤ 70% (see table below)

  2. Dependence on assistance for 2 or more activities of daily living (e.g. feeding, transferring, ambulation, bathing, continence, dressing)

  3. Disease specific guidelines:

    • Disease with distance metastases at presentation


    • Progression from an earlier stage of disease to metastatic disease with either a continued decline in spite of definitive therapy or patient declines further disease directed therapy


    • Certain cancers with poor prognoses (e.g. small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer).

  4. Decision to forego any curative treatment.

If you are or know a cancer patient that could benefit from hospice, call Appalachian Hospice and Home Health Services at 606-432-2112 or 606-789-3841 to learn how we can provide quality, compassionate care to you, your patient, or your loved one.

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