Myth: Hospice care is only for cancer patients
Reality: Hospice care is for patients with a terminal illness and a prognosis of 6 months or less, including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, cardiac disease, ALS, stroke, liver disease.
Myth: Hospice is just for the elderly
Reality: Hospice is for all age groups during their final stages of life, including children and adults of all age groups.
Myth: Hospice is just for the patient
Reality: Meeting the needs of the patient and family is a top priority. The family unit is at the center of all decision making. Hospice recognizes that it takes many caregivers to meet the unique needs of each patient.
Myth: The patient cannot keep their own doctor
Reality: Patients and families keep their own doctor. Our Medical Director and interdisciplinary team coordinate care with your primary physician. Heart of Hospice makes your medical records available to your primary physician in a secure on-line database 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Myth: Hospice care may only be provided in the patient’s home
Reality: Hospice care may be provided where the patient is, including their home, long term care facility or the hospital.
Myth: Hospice care is expensive
Reality: Hospice care is a benefit under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers. Heart of Hospice provides services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.