Addressing Common Myths About Hospice Care
Conversations surrounding end of life are often considered taboo. It’s a byproduct of a culture that lacks a healthy perspective on death. While that’s not ideal, it’s the world we live in. Unfortunately when you’re speaking of hospice care, the subject of death cannot be avoided. So in that spirit of openness let’s address some of the most common misconceptions about hospice care with the hope of providing a bit of clarity, at least in this area of end of life care.
Hospice is Only for Patients Who Will Die Soon
It’s important to remember that hospice is a classification, not a diagnosis. This type of care is available to anyone – no matter their age – with a terminal diagnosis whose life expectancy is six months or less.
Once You Enter Hospice, You Can’t Leave
Patients often remain in hospice until they pass away, but they don’t have to. An individual’s status is periodically reviewed and if their condition improves they leave hospice. Additionally,
if a new course of treatment becomes available, patients are free to discontinue care and can return later if necessary.
Hospice is Only Offered in Hospitals or Retirement Homes
Because the goal of hospice is to make a patient’s final days as comfortable as possible, it can be provided wherever the patient considers home. This could be in their actual home, the home of a loved one, or in a residential health care setting.
Hospice Care Means You’ve Given Up
This type of care isn’t about giving in to death. Instead, it’s about making the most out of the time you have left. Care is centered around maximizing quality of life, especially as it relates to a patient’s end of life choices.
Families Have to Pay for Hospice Care
Hospice is a benefit covered by medicare and most private insurance plans that is usually paid out in a flat daily rate. The benefit covers four basic services: physician, registered nurse, social worker, and chaplain but many hospice care providers include other services as well.
Contact Us to Learn More
These are just a few of the common misconceptions surrounding hospice care but there are many, many more. If you know someone in the greater Phoenix area who may need care or if you have questions or concerns about the process, contact Southland Hospice today. We’re dedicated to improving quality of life for our patients and their families. End of life decisions are difficult and yet so important. Together we can make the process just a little bit easier.