Hospice Myths That Harm

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Mon March 31, 2014 in Talking About Hospice

senior-couple-looking-oceanSome myths are harmless. Others misconceptions get repeated enough to become commonly held beliefs that can even be harmful at times.

There are many common myths about hospice care; do any of those sound familiar?

  • “Hospice is a place you go to receive care.” (even though most hospice care is provided in the patient’s home)
  • “Hospice is only for cancer patients.” (some of the most common non-cancer diagnoses are congestive heart failure, dementia and chronic lung disease)
  • “You can no longer work with your primary physician when under hospice care.” (definitely not true)
  • “All hospices are part of the same nationwide organization.” (each is a separate health care provider and there are significant differences)
  • “Hospice is only for the final stages of a terminal illness.” (you are entitled to six months or more of hospice care following a life-limiting diagnosis)

In reality, these myths hurt because when incorrect information causes someone to delay or refuse to enter hospice, patients and families lose out on the expert, personalized care and support that could improve their quality of life during a difficult time.

Help us debunk these myths about hospice care and more. Take a look at the article, “5 myths about hospice care” by Fran Smith, co-author of the book, Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement.

Then answer the important question that Ms. Smith poses at the beginning of the article: “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?”

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