Common Hospice Diagnoses

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Choosing Hospice is often a difficult decision. We help lead this conversation and can ease the anxiety of the transition from cure to comfort for patients who are appropriate for hospice care. If two or more of these potential indicators are present, hospice should be considered.

Common Hospice Diagnoses

End Stages of: Cancer, Heart Disease/CHF, Pulmonary Disease/COPD, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurological Disease/CVA, Renal Disease & Liver Disease.

If your loved one is requiring increased assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, oral care, toileting, transferring to their bed/chair, walking, eating, etc.; this may be an indicator that hospice should be considered.

Additional indicators include:

  • Muscle Loss/Weakening or Weakness
  • Multiple Falls
  • Multiple ER Visits/Hospitalizations
  • Recurrent/Multiple Infections
  • Altered Mental Status
  • Unintentional Mental Status
  • Unintentional Weight Loss
  • Difficulty at Mealtime
  • Increasing Shortness of Breath
  • Multiple Medication/Frequent Medication Changes
  • Sleeping Longer/Napping More
  • Skin Breakdown/Wounds
  • Other Diagnoses that Contribute to Decline

If you have questions about the hospice benefit or when to elect your benefit, please contact Premier Hospice at 602-274-7572 (Phoenix, AZ) · 812-680-4384 (Bloomington, IN) · 317-844-8700 (Carmel, IN) · 260-782-3333 (Fort Wayne, IN) · 812-720-3363 (Jeffersonville, IN) · 765-453-6700 (Kokomo, IN) · 765-200-6854 (Richmond, IN). 

One Word: Hospice

One word… One word that’s the most solidifying word you will ever hear. A word that can often be misinterpreted.

One word… Hospice.

This means you are dying. Maybe not dying today, tomorrow or the next day – but it is a word not many want to hear. As a hospice liaison, helping people understand to not be afraid is part of what makes my job so rewarding. Watching potential patients and their family member begin to ease as I explain the role of hospice is an incredible feeling.

As a hospice liaison, I help ease all your previous notions about what we do and assure you that we are here to help.

Hospice doesn’t mean you will die tomorrow. It does not mean you will be taken off all your medications or stay home while waiting for the end. What it does mean is that you have a terminal illness and instead of continuing to seek aggressive treatment, it is better for you to be comfortable and have a quality of life with loved ones, however that may be defined by you.

It is shown that a hospice patient lives more comfortably when: a nurse visits to manage pain and symptoms, a home health aide provides personal care, a social worker assists with community resources and counseling, a chaplain offers spiritual support, volunteers play cards with and a physician oversees it all to ensure you are as comfortable as possible for however long that may be.

That one word… Hospice. Let’s look at it in a more positive way, focusing on the benefits we can offer a patient and their family.

So, I ask both professionals and patients – Why would you not want to live more comfortably with support from hospice?

-Tracy Wagoner, Hospice Liaison

Our COVID-19 Response: A Letter from Our CEO Mike McMaude

To the Abode Healthcare Community,

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each of us in different ways. As we navigate the current situation together, I want to provide an update on the steps we have taken to be there for our community, our employees, and our patients.

All of us at Abode Healthcare are focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients. I provided an update at the end of March outlining the changes we implemented to prioritize safe patient care in this new environment. Every decision we have made, and continue to make, has been based on the priority of the health and wellbeing of our patients and employees.

I am deeply grateful for our employees who display incredible dedication by continuing to fulfill their commitment to our patients during this especially challenging time. These individuals, and everyone working on the frontlines of care, deserve to feel protected, confident, and taken care of.

In recent weeks we have made informed decisions and taken actions that ultimately support and benefit our entire community:

  • PPE: At the first sign of COVID-19, we prioritized spending where it’s needed most and to date, have purchased $1 million of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) so no one reported to work without protection. I’m proud to say that we’ve not had to turn down any patients due to lack of PPE. We’ve even been able to assist other homecare and hospice organizations, and hospitals serving the Navajo nation as well as other underserved populations, in providing supplies for their employees by donating thousands of PPE items. In addition to our company’s commitment, several executives on our team have made personal PPE donations for local health organizations so they can work safely.
  • Paid Leave: To support employees who risk their own health and safety to care for patients, we instituted a special paid-time-off policy modeled after the Families First Coronavirus Response Act designated for companies with fewer than 500 employees. In Abode’s plan, employees receive unlimited leave for issues relating to COVID-19, including a newly instituted emergency paid time off (EPTO) benefit that is in addition to the PTO employees accrue with regular benefits. These additional benefits allow employees to potentially recover from COVID-19, care for a family member who is ill with the virus, or care for children whose schools and daycares have closed.
  • Business Investment: Rather than cut back, we’ve leaned into the business to make sure that we are even better prepared to care for patients. Some of these actions include:
    • Building out our telehealth and remote care solutions
    • Retaining a dedicated, talented workforce
    • Hiring new employees and growing our team locally and nationally
    • Expanding our team’s knowledge with the addition of an infectious disease physician, Dr. Shannon Thorn
  • Charitable Donations: As we have every year, we continue to support charitable organizations in our communities. That will not stop just because of COVID-19. Support for neighbors, near and far, is needed now more than ever.

I am extremely proud of how everyone at Abode has reacted and handled the unique situation that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. It’s difficult to adequately express my appreciation for our community—patients, employees, and partners. I have been reminded, once again, what an incredible organization we have—one that is driven by a common purpose of caring for, and serving, vulnerable patients. Every member of our team has come together to do what’s right, and I thank you. We look forward to continuing to work together and supporting each other through this challenging time.

Stay safe and healthy,


Celebrating Nurses | Melinda Roach

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Melinda and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

“I love being a patient care manager at Premier Hospice & Home Health because we have such an amazing team that makes such a difference in the lives of our patients, families and caregivers.”

Celebrating Nurses | Dana Lackner

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Dana and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I love being a hospice nurse because caring for those who are most vulnerable is so rewarding. I find my purpose by helping someone else find their meaning in life. That’s what hospice nursing is all about.


Celebrating Nurses | Jennifer Raymond

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Jennifer and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

My Why: There is no greater privilege than being allowed to help a patient and their family through the end of their life on earth. My favorite thing about my job is finding something to smile about at every visit with a patient or family member. They can’t see our smiles right now, but even on the worst day there is always something that can raise their spirits a little more.

Celebrating Nurses | Stephanie Shepherd

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Stephanie and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I love being a nurse for many reasons, but mostly because my joy comes from caring for others, and the trust that develops with that relationship. My patients fill my bucket on a daily basis. In return, I help them pass with dignity and comfort. It is a true honor to provide this type of care at such a vulnerable time in someone’s life.

I have been a Nurse with Premier Hospice, Fort Wayne for 2 years. Premier’s mission statement includes words such as support, caring for others, and living life fully and comfortably. Premier does truly stand behind that mission statement and allows their employees to go above and beyond.

There can are really good days, and there can be very hard days, but when you remember why we do what we do.. it’s always worth it.

Celebrating Nurses | Jonathan Haley

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Jonathan and learn about his passion for nursing as he explains his “why.”

As cliché as it may sound, I’ve always known that I wanted to help people in some way. I became a CAN at a local hospital and had wonderful nurses take me under their wings. This led me into the beautiful profession of nursing.

Hospice stood out to me above all other avenues of nursing. This was mostly due to the simplicity of being a part of such a precious time in a patient’s life – as well as their family’s. Throughout the past year of working for Premier Hospice, I have met some of the most amazing people and have had the privilege of being an intricate part of their lives; no matter how short or how long. My patients have taught me so much about the real values of life and family. Hospice isn’t a profession for everyone, but I am blessed to be a part of something so wonderful.

Celebrating Nurses | Liz Bentley

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Liz and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I’ve dreamed of being a nurse since I was a little girl and used to help my grandpa administer his insulin. After six years and four different specialty floors in the hospital, I continued to feel an void that I wanted to fill. I prayed and took a leap into hospice that changed my life forever. The amount of quality and personal time you get to have with the patients and their families is fulfilling and gives me purpose. I am humbled and privileged to serve such wonderful people in my community and look forward to having them teach me life lessons for years to come. They are the true heroes of this story!

Happy Nurses Day!

Today, we recognize our nurses for their hard work, support, and compassion. Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world. Happy Nurses Day!

Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Now, more than ever, we appreciate you!