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                                              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. 

Myth 1:

Hospice is a  place 

Fact 1:

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 

Myth 2:

Fact 2:

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.

Fact 3:

Myth 3:

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. 

Myth 4:

Only cancer patients are eligible for hospice

Fact 4:

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

 Fact 5:

Myth 5:

Hospice hastens death

Myth 6:

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.

Fact 6:

 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  . 

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