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My father is almost 93, has lost 10 lbs since August, and is very very weak.He is currently in rehab for physical therapy, but I do not see the type of progress I had hoped for. He has had numerous surgeries related to dialysis and has a mild form of dementia. He is diabetic which is under control, has a pacemaker, and has suffered from dehydration twice this month. He take several medications.

He currently lives in an assisted living facility.It has been recommended that he go to a nursing home. I am vexed about that, as all nursing homes do not give quality care and the ones that do, he cannot afford. Could he become a hospice patient and still take dialysis?

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Becoming a hospice patient will not solve his accomodation problems unless they have an inpatient hospice facility. It certainly sounds as though he would qualify for hospice care. If renal failure is the admitting diagnosis for hospice they are unlikely to pay for it. If he is admitted for another diagnosis his other insurance may allow him to continue or he can pay out of pocket. Once a hospice benefit is elected from Medicare or another insurance It is usual for treatment viewed as life extending to be discouraged. also remember if one has medicare that is always the primary insurance even if the patient is still working. As Glad said not every facility will permit hospice to care for patients in their facility. There has to be a contract in effect between the facility and the hospice
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I don't think so. Hospice is meant to ease the transition into the dying process. There are some good nursing homes that are less costly. Though these are the places that do not look as nice, but provide excellent care. Some assisted living places will allow hospice and rehab to come in. Check out the different options available.
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