“Hospice” is a word that can strike fear or provide a feeling of peace, depending on the individual. For those who don’t fully understand what hospice care is and what it provides, they tend to fall into the former category rather than the latter. We want to dispel the misconceptions and the common myths about hospice. This specialty end-of-life care focuses on comfort and celebrating life, because every day is a gift.
FACT: Hospice care often takes place in the home or in a place that is currently home, such as an assisted living community, skilled nursing facility or long-term care center.
FACT: Hospice relieves the burden of medical bills because it’s affordable. Once a patient chooses hospice care, almost all bills related to the care of the patient’s terminal illness diagnosis are paid for by their health insurance.
FACT: Hospice patients are those who have been diagnosed by a doctor as having six months or less left to live, but hospice is not a death sentence. In fact, it can add life back to your days. Patients can outlive their projected life expectancy and continue receiving hospice care.
FACT: Hospice care provides comfort rather than a cure. It decreases anxiety and stress levels and gives access to a dedicated care team 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides a way for patients to experience a pain-free death.
FACT: The truth is that most hospice care is provided in the home, rather than in a hospice care center or another healthcare facility.
FACT: Hospice care is typically reserved for the last six months of life, but it can extend beyond that timeframe. If patients outlive their projected life expectancy, they can continue receiving hospice care when the illness they’re facing is deemed life-limiting.
FACT: Hospice provides effective pain management and relief, restoring dignity and control for those who are suffering from a terminal illness. It respects the wishes of patients during their final days and offers support to family members and loved ones.
FACT: None of us have a choice when it comes to death, but everyone should have a choice about the care they receive at the end of life’s journey. A patient is typically referred to hospice care by their primary care physician or a caseworker within a hospital setting. Hospice care is meant to provide the best care for terminally ill patients but not all hospice providers are created equal.