Hospice Myths

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Sangre de Cristo Community Care

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Mar 29, 2010

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Colorado - Southern Colorado

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The word hospice is one many people don't want to hear. While hospice care is a wonderful thing and comforting to your whole family, there are many common misconceptions that keep families from taking advantage of this service.
Here are 3 misconceptions.
1. You must have cancer:
Although many hospice patients do have cancer, having a terminal illness is the only criteria. A physician must say that IF your diseases progresses normally, you could pass away within a six month period.
2. You must be bedridden to qualify:
Hospice patients are actually encouraged to be active and to do things they enjoy. We want our patients to live their lives to the fullest by spending time doing what they want to do.
3. Hospice means giving up hope:
Hospice care is about living- not dying. A patient is not giving up hope but rather changing what they hope for. To die with dignity, as little pain as possible and surrounded by those who love and care for you is a hope that most people have. Hospice care helps this happen. Hospice care is done by an interdisciplinary team helping you and your family. Volunteers, social workers, nurses, aides and physicians work to provide compassionate comfort care. Bereavement services are available for your family after the death as well- all part of the hospice benefit which is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies.

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Tarrah Lowry-Hildreth at Sangre de Cristo Hospice. For more information she can be reached at 719-542-0032

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