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Uncover the truth behind common misconceptions about hospice care. Our debunking of myths aims to dispel misunderstandings and provide accurate information.

  • 1. Hospice means giving up.

The purpose of hospice is to make the patient more comfortable as they settle into a routine with a disease or condition that cannot be cured. When you choose to start hospice early in the process, you allow time for loved ones and the patient to do things they’ve always wanted to do or say things they’ve always wanted to say, provide comfort to your loved ones as they meet with friends and family they haven’t seen it in years. Give them time to take care of unfinished business.

  • 2. Hospice is only for cancer patients.

Hospice is not limited to one disease, condition, or illness. We care for a wide range of people who have decided to no longer pursue a cure for their illness and instead seek comfort, symptom management, and quality of life. These patients have life-limiting illnesses such as end-stage heart, lung, or renal disease; dementia; ALS; stroke, and neurological disorders, among others.

  • 3. Hospice care is provided in a facility.

While there are different care levels, including inpatient care, most hospice care occurs at home, in the presence of your loved one. Ninety percent of our patients are cared for in their home, or the place they call home, surrounded by the people and things they love. The care team comes to you — in your home, along with the equipment needed, medications, and supplies, all covered under the hospice benefit.

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