Myths and Facts about Hospice Care
Fact: 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.
Fact: Even in same community, hospice programs can differ in the services and/or treatments that are offered to patients and their families.
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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 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.
Fact: 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.
Myth: Medicare only provides six months of hospice care so enrollment should be delayed as long as possible
Fact: 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.
Fact: 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.