Common Misconceptions of Hospice Care


Hospice is where you go when a cure is no longer the goal.
Hospice care is designed for patients with a life-limiting illness. Hospice professionals are trained to assist patients in living their lives fully, completely, and without pain until the end of their life.

To be eligible for hospice, I have to be in the final stages of dying.
Hospice patients and families receive care for different periods of time. Typically, a patient should be in a six months window with a terminal illness. There is no fixed amount of time a patient may continue to receive hospice care. Certifications for hospice care are on a six months basis.

Quality care at the end of life is very expensive.
Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice care. For those not eligible for Medicare, most insurance plans, HMOs, and managed care plans will cover hospice’s costs.

If I chose hospice care, I have to leave my home.
Hospice care is provided wherever a patient may be: in their own home or family member’s home, a nursing home, or an assisted living facility.

Families are not able to care for people with life limiting illnesses.
Family members are encouraged, supported, and trained by hospice professional to care for their loved ones. Hospice staff is on call to the patient and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help family and friends care for their loved ones.

Hospice care is only for cancer patients.
Many patients in hospice care have a diagnosis that is not cancer. Others suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, strokes, AIDS and other fatal conditions. Whatever condition the person may have, the role of hospice is the same.

Hospice is just for the elderly.
Hospice is for anyone facing a terminal illness ages 18 and older.

After a patient’s death, hospice care ends.
Bereavement services and grief support are available to family members for up to one year after the death of a patient.