Myths and Facts about Hospice Care
Hospice is expensive.
Hospice care is cost-effective and valuable healthcare resource for individuals living with a life limiting illness. Most insurance providers, including Medicare and other insurances cover the cost of hospice care.
All hospice care is the same.
Even in same community, hospice programs can differ in the services and/or treatments that are offered to patients and their families.
You can’t keep your own doctor on hospice.
Patients can keep their primary physician while they are receiving hospice care. Most hospices establish working relationships with a wide base of referring physicians so that patients can keep their own doctors on admission to hospice care.
Hospice is only useful for heavy-duty pain medications.
Hospice care is designed to provide not only medical care but also social, psychological and spiritual support delivered by an interdisciplinary hospice team that may include a nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide and other professionals and trained volunteers.
Hospice means giving up hope.
Hospice can help redefine hope for patients and their loved ones. Hospice workers recognize the importance of hope as a powerful, ever-changing force that continues throughout the
time of living and process of dying. Hospice offers hope that a secure, familiar care setting can be enjoyed. Hospice offers hope for freedom from fears of isolation, abandonment, loneliness, loss of control and physical pain, and hope that the family will be nurtured and supported even after death of patient, throughout services.
Hospice is only for cancer patients.
Hospice care is available to individuals with advanced illnesses including end-stage heart and lung diseases, cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, AIDS or severe birth defects. Hospice care also supports the patients family members during the illness and offer extensive bereavement support after the death
Hospice is a place, so you must leave home to receive hospice care.
Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are living with an advanced or life-limiting illness. Care is provided in the patient’s home or wherever the patient resides, including residential, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
Hospice patients must sign a Do Not Resuscitate form (DNR) to receive care.
Serenity Hospice does not require patients to complete a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form to receive hospice services at home; in long-term care facility or other contracted facility.
Medicare only provides six months of hospice care so enrollment should be delayed as long as possible.
Medicare law does not time-limit the hospice benefit. Patients have access to the Medicare Benefit as long as the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director certify that the patient’s illness is still considered “terminal”, with an estimated life-expectancy of six months or less.
Choosing hospice means giving up ALL medical treatment.
The reality is that hospice places the patient and family at the center of the care-planning process and provides high quality pain management and symptom control.