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Debunking Myths About Hospice Care

Debunking Myths About Hospice Care


Hospice care is extremely common, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what it is and what it means to be in hospice. These misconceptions sometimes stand in the way of people who could benefit from hospice care from getting it. Don’t let common myths about hospice care prevent you or a loved one prevent you or a loved one from getting the services you need. Here are some common hospice care myths and the truth behind them.


Myth: Hospice is a place you go to.

Hospice is a type of care that is focused on enhancing the quality of life for people facing illnesses with a terminal prognosis. It helps them to feel their best physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and it also offers support to loved ones of the person receiving care. There are some places that provide hospice care exclusively, and often, people refer to those places as “hospice,” but most hospice care actually takes place in a person’s home or at a hospital.


Myth: Hospice care means that you’ve given up on life.

Hospice is not about giving up on life. Generally, people enter hospice care when their doctor gives them a prognosis of six months to live, but prognoses can change, and people frequently leave hospice care. Being in hospice care sometimes stabilizes illnesses and helps people prolong their lives. Even if that is not the case, hospice care is about honoring life and making final days full, peaceful, and enjoyable for the patient and their loved ones.


Myth: You can only have hospice care if you don’t need medical treatments.

Hospice care is medical care. It is palliative care, designed to control or prevent symptoms, rather than curative care. However, you don’t have to refuse other treatments just because you’re in hospice. There can be some insurance and Medicare complications with getting curative treatments while in hospice, but hospice patients still receive medical care.


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