THE MYTHS OF HOSPICE

 

What is Hospice?

Hospice includes medical care with an emphasis on pain management and symptom relief. Hospice care is comprised of a team of professionals and volunteers that address the holistic care of the patient and the family, and help them understand the dying process, and emphasize the importance of life….not just the quantity but rather the quality. Death is not saying good-bye forever….just for a season, till we meet again.

Hospice is a place:

          Hospice care takes place about 80% of the time in the patient’s home.

Hospice is only for people with cancer:

          False. Hospice is for a person who has a terminal illness and has been diagnosed with 6 months or less of life.

Hospice is only for the elderly people.

          False. Hospice is for anyone that has a terminal illness with a diagnosis of 6 months or less of life.

Hospice is only for the dying people.

          False. Hospice is a holistic form of care, with the healthcare providers caring for the patient and the family.

Hospice can only help when family members are available to provide care:

          False. The terminally ill patient may live alone or with family members. The patient may have a paid caregiver that is not a family member to care for them.

Hospice is for people who don’t need a high level of care:

          False. Hospice is serious medicine and requires experienced medical and nursing professionals with skills in symptom control. Hospice offers state-of-the-art palliative care, using advanced technologies to prevent or alleviate distressing symptoms.

Hospice care is expensive:

          False. Medicare beneficiaries can use their Medicare hospice benefit anytime, anywhere they choose.   Medicare covers virtually all hospice services and requires little, if any, out-of-pocket expense. This means that there are no financial burdens incurred by the family, in sharp contrast to the huge financial expenses at the end of life which are incurred when hospice is not used.

Hospice is for when there is no hope:

          False. What is hope? Hope is wanting something that we don’t yet have. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

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