Hospice is a specialized kind of care for people who have weeks or months rather than years to live and who are coping with any serious, life-limiting illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.
Myth- Hospice is only available in the hospital.
Fact- Hospice providers will meet you wherever you need care. Hospice care is not a place but rather services and support that can be provided in your home, at a senior care facility or retirement community, in a hospital or at Hospice & Community care’s Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center.
Myth- All hospices are the same.
Fact- Every hospice provider is independent from one another, operating as both for and not for profit organizations. The care and services offered by each hospice differs but is governed by federal and state regulations. Hospice & Community Care is a not-for-profit hospice provider and works with all of the local hospitals and many senior care facilities and personal care homes.
Myth- Only rich people can afford hospice.
Fact- Most insurance companies cover the cost of hospice care, including Medicare and Medicaid. Additionally, hospice is available to those in need at little or no cost. Hospice & Community Care works with all major insurance companies, and provides a significant amount of charitable care each year.
Myth- Hospice only helps cancer patients.
Fact- Anyone who is coping with any serious illness can receive hospice care, not only those with a cancer diagnosis. Diseases range from cardiac and pulmonary diseases to dementia and neurological conditions. More than half of the patients receiving care from Hospice & Community Care have a non-cancer diagnosis.
Myth- Patients who give up go to hospice.
Fact- People who choose hospice haven’t given up, but have chosen to take more control of their quality of life. Hospice provides quality of life at end of life, and ensures that your wishes for care are honored.
For more information about hospice care, call (717) 391-2421.