As humans, we are often frightened by that which we do not understand, especially when it comes to anything associated with the end of life. Since most of us have little more than a passing knowledge about the role of hospice care, it can be a frightening concept for many.
Sadly, this lack of understanding leads to a plethora of misinformation surrounding hospice care. Let’s break down the top five hospice myths and take a closer look at the facts.
Hospice does not mean the patient is giving up on life.
In fact, just the opposite is true. Hospice care allows a person who is nearing the end of their life’s journey to live their final days to the fullest. Hospice provides management of pain and symptoms, and helps to reduce anxiety, so the patient can spend their final days reminiscing, celebrating life and finding closure with those they love.
Hospice is not a place.
The majority of patients receive hospice care in the comfort of their own “home,” whether it be a private residence, a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
Hospice care does not hasten death.
The goal of hospice is not to prolong life, nor hasten death. The goal of hospice is to make the terminally ill patient as physically, mentally and spiritually comfortable as possible. There are, however, plenty of studies showing that hospice can lead to prolonged survival rates by managing pain and symptoms, especially when there is an early referral for hospice care.
Choosing hospice care does not mean giving up control.
Once a family decides to initiate hospice care, the patient and their loved ones select the provider that’s right for them. Before any care commences, families are consulted to help determine the patient’s level of care and treatment plan. After all, the best hospice care involves caring, qualified providers working in tandem with the patient, their physician and their loved ones.
Hospice care is not expensive.
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance companies, with little to no out-of-pocket expense to the patient and their families. In fact, hospice care often costs less than traditional medical care during the final months of life.
As a quality home health and hospice provider in Utah, we know that making the decision to begin hospice care is not an easy one. When the time is right, let Aspire Home Health and Hospice be your partner in helping you or a loved one to live out their life to the fullest.
If you believe that you, or someone you love, could benefit from hospice care, contact us today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have — no matter what you decide.