Great article that lists myths and misconceptions about hospice. Hospice is a critical part of care for the dying and is important for many people to have the comfort they need in meeting the afterlife.
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The article,”hospice-common-myths-and-misconceptions-busted” by Becky Jenniges, states
“Welcome to the first in a series of articles that exposes common myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care. The goal of this series is to set the record straight by addressing these myths with honesty and integrity. Our hope is that the education provided here will lead to families and caregivers having the necessary tools to engage in open conversations with their loved ones about end of life care.
Myth #1: “Hospice is where you go to die and if I choose hospice I will die right away.” Hospice can be provided in a cottage, facility or a private home, but it is the philosophy of care that defines it as hospice. Hospice philosophy centers on providing palliative care and support for those who are in the last phases of a terminal illness. Palliative means that the focus of care is to alleviate pain and other symptoms, and that no medical or surgical heroic measures or artificial life support systems will be used. It is a hope and a belief that through the appropriate care from hospice staff, patients and their families will be free to attain a degree of mental, social, physical and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. This level of preparation can be attained by starting hospice sooner rather than later. Hospice affirms life and neither heeds nor hastens death. We want our patients to live as fully and as comfortably as possible for whatever time they have left.”
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