Have you heard any myths about hospice care? We have. Here are the most common.
Myth: Hospice care is only for people with cancer.
Fact: Hospice care is for all patients facing any terminal illness.
Myth: Accepting hospice services means giving up, so you should put it off until the last moment.
Fact: Hospice is all about living life to the fullest. A recurring comment from patients and families is, “I wish I had called hospice sooner.”
Myth: Hospice care will be a financial drain on the family.
Fact: Hospice care is a benefit provided by Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance and the V.A.
Hospice of the Bluegrass is a nonprofit organization, and thanks to the generosity of donors, no one is denied hospice care because of an inability to pay.
Myth: You can’t keep your own doctor if you become a hospice patient.
Fact: Hospice works closely with your physician to provide the best care for you.
Myth: I can only receive hospice care in the hospital.
Fact: Hospice services are provided wherever a patient resides – homes, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and hospitals.
Info: 296-6100 or see www.hospicebg.org.