There are many common myths and misconceptions about hospice care and hospice services that prevent many people from reaching out to receive end of life care they are seeking. You may have heard that hospice care means giving up or that it's too expensive.
However, despite these misconceptions, hospice care is designed to provide patients and their family members with support emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
To help you gain a better understanding of hospice care services, consider the following (busted) myths:
Hospice means giving up hope. Hospice doesn't mean you're giving up, but that you're focusing on maximizing the quality of the life you have left. Hospice care focuses on making you feel comfortable and giving you the opportunity to do activities you love with the people you love.
Hospice care is expensive. Hospice care is typically covered by insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and commercial insurers. You don't need to worry about paying heavy medical expenses.
Hospice is a care facility. While there are hospice facilities, hospice isn't a place. It's a form of care that focuses on the quality of life near the end of a patient's life. What's more, you can receive hospice care wherever you are, whether it's a specialized hospice center or your home.
Hospice care is for your last few weeks. Hospice care is typically recommended when your physician believes you have approximately six months to live if your illness follows its course. While some patients enter hospice very late in their illness, many patients choose to receive palliative care earlier on. Sooner is better. Studies show hospice care can actually extend life on average of 3 months due to the comprehensive services.
Hospice care means living with a caregiver. Hospice staff doesn't live with their patients but periodically visit them. Staff is available by phone 24/7 for visits, support, and guidance when you need them. Based on your needs, hospice services provide nurses, doctors, home health aids, spiritual support counselors, and social workers.
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Many people who look for end of life care are worried that hospice means living somewhere that's unfamiliar, but up to 98% of hospice care service is conducted at the Routine Home Care level in a private residence.
If you're looking for palliative treatment and hospice services, Hospice Brazos Valley is the place for you. Hospice Brazos Valley provides comfort and support for both you and your family when you need it most. To learn more about our palliative treatment and care services, contact Hospice Brazos Valley today.