Hospice Criteria for HIV/AIDS Patients

Diagnosis of HIV Disease (should have 1 and at least one of 2)

  1. Is the CD4 count <25or persistent viral load of >1000,000?
  2. Life threatening complications
  • CNS lymphoma
  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Wasting syndrome (>33% lean mass loss)
  • MAC bacteremia, untreated
  • Visceral Kaposi’s sarcoma, unresponsive to Rx
  • Toxoplasmosis, unresponsive to Rx
  • Systemic lymphoma, unresponsive to Rx
  1. Poor prognosis indicators
  • Chronic persistent diarrhea for one year
  • Persistent serum albumin <2.5
  • Concomitant substance abuse
  • Age greater than 50 years
  • Decision to forego antiviral therapy
  • Congestive heart failure, NYHA Class IV

We develop individualized plans of care – as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis progresses, patients experience functional and physiological decline. A plan of care specific to address anxiety, pain, weight loss, bleeding, difficulty in swallowing, diarrhea, edema, memory loss, shortness of breath, psychological needs, recurring infections, hydration, decrease in ability to do daily activities are all common with HIV/AIDS.  Please, allow Champion Hospice to care for your loved one with dignity and respect.