20 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland Health | Article The Truth About Hospice Care Myths Debunked Myth: Hospice means giving up hope. Hospice assists individuals as they transition from hope for cure to hope for living life fully. Hope includes being as comfortable as possible and setting realistic goals for the future. Myth: Hospice is only for cancer patients. Hospice is available to anyone with a serious illness, regardless of age or diagnosis. Care is provided to meet the needs of those with cardiopulmonary disease, dementia, renal disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and other terminal diseases. Myth: Hospice is only for the last days of life. Most people wait too long. Once it is determined that life expectancy is months rather than years, hospice is available. Myth: I can’t receive curative treatments while receiving hospice. Patients are free to seek many types of treatments while receiving palliative or hospice care. Myth: Palliative care is different than hospice. The type of care hospice provides is palliative. Palliative Care assists individuals whose disease is serious but who are not ready for hospice care. Myth: The only outcome is death. Some patients improve with the supportive care of hospice staff to the point that hospice is no longer suitable. They can be re-admitted to hospice if necessary. Myth: Hospice is a place. Hospice is a philosophy of care. Editorial provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve.