Serenity Hospice

Common Hospice Conditions

Many people have the misconception that hospice is only for patients with cancer.

The fact is hospice is for anyone living with a life limiting illness with a life expectancy of approximately six months. MOST of our patients do not have cancer.

Did you know… You can leave hospice at any time for any reason. Consider hospice care early – we think you will be amazed at how much hospice improves the quality of life for those we serve.

General Guidelines that indicate it is time to consider hospice:

  1. A recent decline in functional status/physical decline
    • Multiple falls
    • Increased calls/visits to physician
    • Emergency Department visits
    • Hospitalizations
    • Sleeping more
    • Increase in pain or other symptoms
    • Change in mental status (less alert, more confused, etc.)
  2. Dependence upon others for Activities of Daily Living (ADL), needs more help with:
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Using the rest room
    • Eating
  3. Recent decline in nutritional status with unintentional weight loss
  4. Multiple chronic diseases or conditions

Common Hospice Diagnoses & Some of Their Hospice Indicators


  • Curative treatment unlikely to improve quality or length of life
  • Metastasis to multiple sites

Heart Failure

  • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath with and without activity
  • Taking multiple cardiac medications
  • Patient and/or physician believe heart surgery is not a preferred option

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Shortness of breath at rest and with any activity
  • Recurring respiratory infections
  • Using multiple inhalers with poor response


  • Speaks few intelligible words
  • Needs help to sit up
  • Unable to walk without assistance


  • Difficulty swallowing, unable to take in adequate nutrition
  • No feeding tube (current or planned)

Liver Failure

  • Ascites despite use of diuretics
  • Serum albumin 1.5

Renal Failure

  • Considering stopping dialysis
  • Serum creatinine >8.0 (>6.0 for diabetics)


  • CD4+ count 100,000
  • Secondary conditions(Kaposi’s sarcoma, pneumocystis pneumonia, fungal infections, etc.)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Barely intelligible speech
  • Significant shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing with rapid weight loss
  • No feeding tube or ventilator (current or planned)

Patients and families often tell us that they wish they had known about hospice sooner. It is never too early to educate yourself about hospice or ask for a hospice evaluation. We encourage you to contact us at 503-639-0600 or fill out our contact us form to request additional information about hospice or to request a no obligation visit and evaluation.

Hospice should be a timely choice… Not a last resort.

Please fill out our contact us form or call us at 503-639-0600 to learn more about how Hospice Partners can help you and/or your loved ones, today.

About Serenity Hospice

"I don't want to be alone, I want my death to be happy, I don't want to be hurting." She was a younger adult, living with friends that cared about her, but couldn't provide for her care, her family lived at a distance, she was scared. Our promise: No one dies alone, afraid, or in pain. "We'll be there for you," we said as we looked her in the eyes and held her hands. And we were.
There are many hospices, but only one Serenity Hospice. At Serenity, we take our commitment to providing care at the end of your life or your loved ones life as seriously as if you were our own family member. We have cared for our own family members. We believe your journey should be focused on living each of your days fully, however YOU define that. That means we provide care for all aspects of your life: physical, emotional, spiritual. We care for you and those who care about you. We do this by doing "Whatever it Takes When it Matters Most." We do it by holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards and with the integrity you would expect of someone coming into the most intimate places of your life. Explore this site to see the impact our care has had on others at the end of their life. Discover our exceptional care to Veterans, check out who will care for you, including our complimentary alternative therapies, or give us a call for further information. We look forward to being of service to you on this most sacred of journeys.

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Serenity Hospice, Portland
11481 SW Hall Boulevard
Suite 200
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: (503) 639-0600
Fax: (503) 639-0699