Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 36

Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
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, de-
mentia, 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
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. Pallia-
tive 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 suit-
able. 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.
The Truth About Hospice Care
Myths Debunked
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