Myths and Facts Regarding Hospice Service

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Myths and Facts Regarding Hospice Service

Myth: Hospice care is for individuals who are very close to death.
Fact: An early enrollment into our hospice program enables individuals and families to benefit the most from support services that are available to them. Hospice is about living – sometimes patients even get better and are taken off of hospice.

Myth: Hospice is a place the patient must go in order to have the services.
Fact: Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home including assisted living, board and care or impatient facilities.

Myth: Hospice care is only for those with private insurance – hospice care is just too expensive.
Fact: Hospice serves everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Community hospice care is fully covered under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

MythHospice is a place the patient must go in order to have the services.
FactHospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home, including inpatient care facilities.

Myth: Accepting hospice care means that hope is lost.
Fact: Hope for cure is transformed to hope for comfort, acceptance and peace.

Myth: Hospice only provides care for people diagnosed with cancer.
Fact: Hospice provides care for seriously ill individuals and their loved ones regardless of diagnosis.

Myth: Narcotic pain medications will cause loss of control or even hasten death.
Fact: The goal of medicating pain is to give you or your loved one better quality of life, providing rest and therefore more energy to do things. Inadequate pain control can harm the body causing sleeplessness, inability to eat, immobility, withdrawal from socialization. Pain can hasten dying due to damage from stress hormones or an increased risk of clots. The goal of properly prescribed medications is not to hasten death but rather to keep you or your loved comfortable during the dying process.

Myth: Once someone is admitted onto the hospice program, they cannot leave.
Fact: Individuals can choose to discontinue hospice services at any time.

Myth: Hospice staff encourages the use of morphine for all hospice patients.
Fact: Morphine is often used to control pain or shortness of breath. Not all patients experience these symptoms. Each person’s symptoms are controlled in consultation with their physician in a way that works best for them.

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