The Truth About Hospice
This information will help you in making a decision whether or not hospice benefit is the appropriate choice for yourself or for your loved one.
Hospice is a place
Hospice is a philosophy of care not a place. Most hospice patents receive care at home , at relative or friend's home , in long term care facilities, in nursing home or in assisted living facilities.
Hospice is only for patients who has given up hope and are close to death
Patients can continue to receive medical care (from other health care providers) for illnesses unrelated to terminal diagnosis. Patients can revoke hospice (by signing a revocation form) at any time.
The care is for patient's remaining days of life
It is important that services begin as soon as a patient qualifies for care. Hospice becomes an appropriate choice when curative treatements are no longer effective. Hospice
can provide relief from physical and emotional pain so that the patient can live their remaining days in comfort and dignity. Hospice care does not mean that death is imminent . Some people see their sypmtoms improve and are reduced to a lower level of care.
Only cancer patients are eligible for hospice
Any person facing the advancing stages of any terminal illness is eligible for hospice care, including but not limited to lung disease (emphysema, fibrosis, COPD, etc.) , heart disease, neurological disease (ALZ, Alzheimer's) and AIDs
Hospice hastens death
All hospices are the same
Hospice does nothing to hasten a person’s death or artificially prolong their life. Studies have found that hospice patients
actually lived longer than those not receiving hospice care.
All accredited hospice programs are required to meet
certain standards. A Bliss Hospice Care strive to exceed
these quality standards in the end of life care towards
patients and family as a whole .