A patient with dementia must have a F.A.S.T. score of seven (7) to qualify for hospice care.
FAST is an acronym for the Reisberg Functional Assessment STaging Scale. A scale nicknamed FAST to determine dementia’s severity is blatantly ironic. As a loved one’s dementia (Alzheimer’s, Lewy Bodies, etc.) worsens, he or she typically becomes, well, slower.
Currently the Reisberg scale (example found here) contains various stages and sub-categories, including these two:
- Stage 3: Decreased job functioning evident to coworkers; difficulty in traveling to new locations
- Stage 4: Decreased ability to perform complex tasks (e.g., planning dinner for guests, handling finances)
Those who have cared for someone with dementia usually sense the “slowing down” of a loved one only after he or she has worsened. Read More →by