Hospice and palliative care provides personalized medical treatment to patients in the final stages of life. After a terminal diagnosis, hospice is an option to reduce suffering and make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible in the last moments.
At Avon Health Center, hospice patients and their families are able to direct their own care and feel dignified during the end-of-life process. What are some common myths associated with hospice care?
1. “I’m Giving Up Hope”
When making the difficult decision to place a loved one in hospice care, it’s quite the opposite of giving up hope. When someone’s life is coming to an end due to terminal illness or the natural aging process, hospice makes sure he or she is comfortable and at ease. For many, that is not in a sterile hospital setting hooked up to machines.
2. Hospice Is Euthanasia
Euthanasia is defined as the intentional ending of someone’s life to stop their suffering. Hospice does not speed up the end-of-life process in any way. Care is specifically designed to manage a patient’s pain and symptoms, as well as provide spiritual and emotional support.
3. Hospice Care Is Only for Older People
Typically, when we picture someone at the end of their life, we envision someone elderly. Sadly, that is not always the case. Although it’s a more common practice for older individuals, anyone with a life-limiting illness can receive hospice care. Ailments can include cancer and heart, kidney or Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Your Doctor Isn’t Involved
Hospice care staff can work directly with your primary physician during the final stages of life. We are better able to address your specific medical needs when your own doctor is engaged in the process.
5. Hospice Is Only for Patients
We understand the effect this decision can have on family and friends. At Avon Health Center, emotional and spiritual support is also offered to those close to the patient.
6. Hospice Is a Place
Hospice care services can be provided wherever the patient feels most comfortable, which is often at home. According to the American Hospice Foundation, 70 percent of hospice care is received at home.
7. Care Is Expensive
Hospice care is a comprehensive health benefit covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance companies. Families can work with our Social Services Department to coordinate all the financial details.
Avon Health Center offers highly specialized hospice care services to improve quality of life for terminal patients. To learn more, contact us today.
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