Challenging 5 Myths about the Hospice Care Services

“Will you be able to bear the expenses of hospice?” “Hospice means you are giving up.” Such remarks have often refrained you from adopting hospice care services for a near and dear one when it is necessary. Maybe you have believed in them. But why?

It’s because myths spread faster than facts and you tend to believe in misconceptions more. But it’s high time to get rid of the misconceptions and introduce all of you to the facts about the care service.

Myth #1: Hospice facility or hospitals are the only places for getting hospice care services

And this is completely wrong. You can call for hospice service at whichever place the patient regards as home, it can be the house of a close relative or the actual home of the patient.

Again, it can also be the nursing home where the patient feels comfortable. Assisted living facilities are also places where you can call for service.

Myth #2: Hospice care is only for the dying ones.

Contrary to the popular belief, hospice care services don’t translate to dying scenarios. It is all about helping people live the most comfortable life possible with some terminal illness.

Of course, the life-limiting condition is the primary reason to call for the service. But the care can often improve the quality of the life that the patient is leading presently. As a result, the lifespan may extend beyond the pre-assumed six months.

And the care team will continue to offer the service as long as the person lives.

Myth #3: You don’t have control over the care service

 To some people, privacy matters the most. So, there may come a time when your beloved one wishes to be with the family only, without hospice care services. And that is possible, for there is no restriction on whether you can dispose of the service.

Therefore, choosing comfort does not mean you have to give up on the control or liberty of choice.

Myth #4: There is no going back after appointing hospice

And the next time you hear someone saying this, do step in and say, it’s wrong. Patients have the right to revoke the care service at any time. If the medical condition improves, then the patient may decide to get back to the curative treatment procedure instead of hospice.

And it’s also possible to reapply for hospice care after a few weeks or months or days if you feel it’s necessary.

Myth #5: Hospice care is expensive

And who said that you have to pay for the care service from your pocket? The hospice care services are under complete funding of private and federal insurance benefits. And it has an unlimited length of coverage.

Maximum plans will cover the medications, visits, equipment, and supplies, without any need to pay for the services. The care will also include visits from professional nurses and other medical professionals apart from social services and therapists to make sure that the patient is in a good mental state.

So, the facts will definitely help you to make up your mind if the time comes.

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