Because hospice care is a relatively new program, there are still many misconceptions about end of life care. Below are 4 facts about hospice care that anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness should know, as discussed in a Huffington Post article titled, “4 Things You Should Know About Hospice Care.”
- Hospice is not giving up. When traditional medical treatments no longer offer any hope of improvement, hospice care can improve quality of life. This care does not hasten death, in fact it is estimated that patients can live 29 to 60 days longer with hospice care – and more comfortably.
- Hospice is not a place. Many people assume that hospice is similar to a nursing home or assisted living. However, hospice is care that can occur in a location desired by the patient. This means that hospice care can be provided at home where it is commonly received.
- Hospice is covered by insurance. Hospice care offers a variety of services including medication, skilled nursing and counseling which generally iscovered under most medical insurance plans and Medicare.
- Hospice is for all ages and illnesses. Despite the common belief that hospice care is reserved for those with cancer or other incurable diseases, patients suffering from heart diease, stroke and kidney disease are also common hospice patients. Furthermore, approximetly 15% of patients are between the age of 35 and 65.