Soft Signs of Decline

Soft signs your patient/resident with a life-limiting illness may be eligible for a Unity care program:

CHANGE IN ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

  • Getting up from a chair is difficult
  • Remaining in pajamas for most of the day
  • Needing assistance with dressing
  • Leaving the home less often
  • Experiencing more falls
  • Needing hand-fed meals
  • Losing control of bowel or bladder function

CHANGE IN EATING HABITS

  • Loss of appetite
  • Drinking protein shakes or pureed foods instead of solids
  • Discontinuing the use of utensils
  • Taking longer to eat

CHANGE IN PAIN

  • Experiencing new pain or another new pain location
  • Taking stronger pain medication
  • Using pain medication more frequently

CHANGE IN BREATHING

  • Getting short of breath with less exertion or during conversation
  • Needing oxygen for the first time
  • Using higher amounts of oxygen or needing oxygen more frequently

CHANGES IN ALERTNESS

  • Spending more time sleeping
  • Recognizing close family members and verbalizing correct names are difficult
  • Following simple instructions like “raise your arms” is difficult

CHANGE IN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Increasing usage of a cane, walker or wheelchair
  • Increasing falls or unsteadiness

INCREASED MEDICAL VISITS

  • ER
  • Primary Physician
  • Specialty Physician