Some people are doubtful of availing hospice care services because of the wrong idea they get about it. For people who have no inkling about what hospice care is, they think it is only about dying and that it is a place for people when there is nothing more to be done with their condition. That is completely bogus.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) wants to educate people on the truth about hospice care. It further emphasizes how it is about living as fully as possible, and for as long as possible.
Here are seven myths and facts you need to know about hospice care:
Myth: Hospice is a place.
Fact: Hospice care is a service. It may be provided at home, in a hospital, a nursing home, or in a facility designated for such service. To put it simply, it is served to wherever place the patient considers home, including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Myth: Hospice is only for patients who have given up hope and are close to death.
Fact: Just like how Easter symbolizes hope, so does hospice care. NHPCO even describes hospice care as letting terminally ill patients live life as fully as possible. This is not about giving up hope. This is about giving them hope to a better life. Research suggests that patients and their families get the best benefits when hospice care is started early.
Myth: Hospice care is expensive.
Fact: Actually, hospice care, including medications, medical supplies, and other medical equipment relating to the needs of the patient, is a Medicare benefit. Other private insurers also cover hospice.
Myth: hospice care is only available for six months.
Fact: Hospice patients can receive care for six months or as long as medically necessary. To be eligible for hospice, the patient must have a prognosis of less than six months. Patients who survive that period can come on and off hospice care or be recertified for hospice care as necessary.
Myth: Hospice is only for the terminally ill patient.
Fact: Hospice provides not only expert medical care, but as well as spiritual, social, and emotional support to patients and their families. Hospice care providers assist family members during their loved one’s illness and offer a bereavement support following the death of their loved one.
Myth: Hospice hastens the patient’s eternal sleep.
Fact: Actually, research has shown that patients who receive hospice care live longer than similar patients who do not go for hospice care.
Myth: Hospice is only for cancer patients.
Fact: Hospice serves anyone who is suffering from a life-limiting illness. Age and type of illness are not a qualification.
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