Dispelling the Myths

| By Jodi Horton

In celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we joined the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and hospices around the world to help dispel the myths surrounding hospice and palliative care.

Myth:

Only people with money have access to hospice care.

Fact:

Hospice is provided regardless of one’s ability to pay. Most private insurers cover it, as does Medicare and Medicaid. But if a person lacks coverage, most hospices will work with the patient and family to ensure services are provided.

Myth:

Hospice is a “place.”

Fact:

Hospice palliative care can be provided any place you call home – including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Myth:

Having hospice or palliative care means I only have days or hours to live.

Fact:

Hospice palliative care focuses on living as fully as possible until the end – but not just at the end. It is care on your terms.

Myth:

Hospice palliative care manages pain using addictive narcotics.

Fact: Hospice palliative care provides psychosocial and spiritual care, along with pain management. Few people ever become addicted to opiates when used safely under a hospice physician’s guidance.

Thanks to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization for this list of myths and facts about hospice palliative care.

For more information about hospice care in the Pima County area, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890.

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