MYTH: If I accept a referral to Hospice, I have given up.
FACT: Accepting a referral to Hospice simply means you have chosen to focus on the quality of life for however much time you have left. The goal of Hospice care is to reduce physical pain, create emotional well-being and enhance spiritual peace.
November is National Hospice Month; a time to share the message of what Hospice really means.
Each year more than 1.6 million people with a life-limiting illness receive care from Hospice providers. Most Hospice is provided in the home, allowing people to be with their loved ones and be in comfortable surroundings.
Hospice provides a special kind of care and support; helping patients and their families with decision making, meeting life goals, enhancing family relationships and promoting comfort.
There are 6 reminders about Hospice that can help one to understand this type of care.
- Hospice care is usually in the home or wherever the patient calls home
- Hospice cares for people with any kind of life-limiting illness
- Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medi-cal, private insurance and donations
- Hospice support is available 24/7
- Hospice is not "giving up", it is a focus on caring - not curing
- Anyone can contact Hospice to learn if it is right for your loved one
Always Caring...Always Here