Myth #1: Hospice is a place.
Hospice is not a place. It is a philosophy of care. Wherever a patient calls home is where hospice care is provided: residence, assisted living facility, nursing home, inpatient facility (hospice house) or hospital.
Myth #2: Hospice patients cannot live longer than six months.
Patients can be on hospice for longer than six months. Once an individual becomes a patient at Freudenthal, he or she continues to receive services for as long as they are required and appropriate as determined by their physician. Hospice services are NOT discontinued unless they are deemed to no longer be necessary or appropriate by a physician, or the patient chooses to stop them.
Myth #3: Hospice care is only for people with cancer or those who are bedridden or very ill.
Although many patients do have cancer, Freudenthal hospice serves terminally ill patients with all types of progressive and chronic diseases. Many of our patients are able to enjoy life as much as they did before their diagnoses. This fact is especially true if care is accessed early in their illness.
Myth #4: Hospice care is expensive.
Hospice care is actually less expensive than care provided in a traditional medical setting. Additionally, Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurances cover the cost of hospice care.
Myth #5: Hospice is for patients who do not need a high level of care.
End-of-life care is extremely complex. The Freudenthal hospice team is composed of specially trained professionals who provide comprehensive medical care.
Myth #6: Hospice means “nothing more can be done.”
When a cure is no longer an option, there is still a great deal that can be done to control symptoms, and provide care, comfort and support. The Freudenthal hospice team includes nurses, physicians, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers. Team members visit patients and families wherever they call home and are available 24/7 for support and care.
Myth #7: Hospice is just for the patient.
Hospice focuses on providing comfort, dignity and emotional support to the patient and their loved ones. Quality of life for all concerned is our highest priority. Freudenthal surrounds you and your family with first-class care.
These hospice myths are just a few examples of the many misconceptions regarding hospice care. The Freudenthal hospice team specializes in openly discussing end-of-life wishes and assisting in development of a first-class care plan. Let us help you get past the myths and choose the path that is right for your situation.