Misinformation surrounding Hospice Care has created much stigma and uncertainty about it. We want to debunk some myths surrounding it. That way, you’ll have reliable information and facts about hospice care.
Dealing with a terminal disease is much more complicated than we think for the patient and their family. Deciding on hospice care is not giving up; it’s having the strength to ask for help during difficult times.
There are many options for hospice services. Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries have the option that most of the Hospice services, consultations, medicines, and equipment are covered by insurance. Also, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs covers all hospice services for U.S. veterans.
Part of the Hospice Services includes the capability of the hospice care provider to look out for the patient at all times, in case family members are not able to be with them all the time. Hospice care is more of a compliment for the patient to maintain a sense of independence and individuality.
This statement is not true at all. Hospice Care is a guide and comfort into the end stage of life. Many diseases at the terminal stage no longer give pain to the patient, or other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, don’t necessarily provide physical pain to the patient.
Sadly, when a family member or a loved one passes away, it creates a situation where the family sometimes needs to grieve and doesn’t know how to react. Some hospice care nurses can be with the family for more extended periods after the patient’s passing to help with this process
While many hospitals train and educate volunteers to learn the basics of hospice care, all the services have to be performed by a healthcare professional to provide the most efficient and personalized Services possible.
Many patients sometimes pause hospice care to rejoin a medical treatment or their condition starts to improve. They are free to do that with the option to rejoin the hospice program again if they decide to.
The difference between hospice care and palliative care is that it’s made for patients who have decided to end their medical treatment towards the end stage of their lives. Palliative care starts from the diagnosis and through all of the patient’s treatment.