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Truths and Misconceptions About Hospice

hospice truthsHere, Saad Healthcare lists the truths and misconceptions about hospice:

Misconception: Hospice is some place patients go to die.

Truth: More than 80 percent of hospice takes place inside the home, which often is the place families and patients are most at-ease. Hospice is provided wherever the need exists.

Misconception: It’s only for dying patients.

Truth: As a family-centered care concept, hospice care concentrates as much on grieving loved ones as on the dying person.

Misconception: Hospice care is for when there isn’t any hope.

Truth: Once death is in sight, there are 2 choices: live life as fully as possible or submit without hope. The gift of hospice care is its ability to help loved ones witness how much may be shared at the end of life through spiritual and personal connections. It isn’t any wonder that most loved ones look back on their hospice care experience with gratitude and knowledge that all things possible were performed to facilitate a peaceful death.

Misconception: Hospice is only available to those with private insurance.

Truth: Hospice care serves all people, regardless of capability of paying. Hospice is covered under Medicaid, Medicare, and the majority of private insurance programs.

Misconception: If people are in the emergency room, they have to be hospitalized for three days on Medicare before they go transition to hospice.

Truth: A person may be admitted to hospice care right from the emergency room, without having to be hospitalized.

Misconception: Hospice care is a facility.

Truth: Hospice is offered wherever the person might reside (that is, hospice in-patient unit, hospital, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, home).

Misconception: Only seniors may obtain hospice care.

Truth: Hospice is for end-of-life patients of any age – from children and infants to young adults to seniors.

Misconception: Hospice care means that the person soon will die.

Truth: Obtaining hospice doesn’t mean giving up on any hope or that death is near. The earlier a person obtains hospice, the more chance there is to address other needs and stabilize your medical condition. Patients who get the hospice care they need live longer than those who don’t.

For more information on our hospice care services, please feel free to get in touch with Saad Healthcare in D’Iberville, MS by calling (228) 687-8164.

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Valerie Mitchell

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