When it comes time to decide if hospice is right for you or your loved one, it’s important to know the truth about hospice myths and facts. Sarah Paul, a medical social worker with Providence Hospice, can clear some of that up for you.
MYTH: Hospice will stop all of my medications.
FACT: Most, if not all, medications continue. We will only stop medications with you and your doctor’s permission, or if you can no longer swallow them.
MYTH: Choosing hospice means giving up hope.
FACT: Your hospice team provides comfort and the highest quality of life possible. We want you to live each day to the fullest you can!
MYTH: Hospice means I’m dying right now, and is only for the last days of life.
FACT: Hospice starts when you’re entering the acute phase of the terminal illness and extends beyond your death. Our goal is to get involved at the beginning, form relationships with you and your family, be available to you 24/7, solve health problems as they arise and stop them from getting out of control, deliver medications to your door if needed, and be there for you through the entire process.
MYTH: Hospice means I have to leave my home.
FACT: Hospice is done in homes, in Independent and assisted living communities, in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes– anywhere that you call home, hospice comes to you.
MYTH: I’ll lose my doctor if I enter hospice.
FACT: You get to choose your doctor, we will honor your doctor choice.
Sorting through hospice myths and facts can be difficult. Providence can help.
MYTH: I can’t get any medical treatment under hospice.
FACT: We will work with you to treat your needs. Everything is personalized to you. We do use antibiotics, provide wound care, and will seek treatment for problems. We do not “just let things go.” We are going to treat your problems and work to keep any symptoms under control.
MYTH: Hospice is expensive.
FACT: Hospice is covered by Medicare, and most insurances. We will let you know ANY cost to you before it happens. Supplies are covered, as is equipment, as well as some of your medications.
MYTH: Hospice means I have to be in a wheelchair or in my bed.
FACT: Many patients on hospice walk and can travel with their family, go out to eat, etc.; there is no homebound restriction. Whatever you can tolerate, we encourage you to do!