Four Misconceptions That May Keep You From Seeking Hospice Care


Having a loved one that is sick can take a toll on your emotions and your physical well-being. You don't want to admit they are sick, and especially when they are so sick that hospice family care becomes an option. For many people, hospice care misconceptions keep them from moving forward with this care option. Here are four misconceptions or myths you may have heard and the truth about each misconception.

Hospice Isn't True Care

A misconception that many people have is that hospice is more of a day care or sitter service for someone who is dying. There is a viewpoint that the care staff is there to make the final days of your loved one easier, but the care they would receive in the hospital or from a care facility is not the same.

The truth is that your loved one will receive the highest possible quality of care during hospice. You will have a member of the care staff there to help ease your loved ones pain, make them comfortable, and to give them the care treatment they need according to their care plan created by their physician.

There is no Private Family Time

One misconception is that hospice places a care giver or several care givers in your home 24-hours a day, leaving no time for private family moments. This isn't true. You can set up certain times you want hospice to be there and what services you need them to provide. You are in total control and you can have as much or as little private family time as you need.

Hospice is the Only Care Option

You may believe that once hospice care comes into the picture, they become the only care option. The truth is that you will still have access to your loved one's physician as well as other health care providers if necessary. Hospice is there to help you and to help your loved one without limitations or restrictions to the current treatment plans.

DNR Orders are Required

A DNR, or do not resuscitate order, is a concern for many people who may be entering hospice or who have family members entering hospice. A key point to remember is that a DNR is a personal choice. Though it does require some legal paperwork, it is not something that can be enforced or required as a stipulation to entering into hospice care.

These are just a few of the misconceptions that surround hospice family care. If you have questions or concerns about the type of care that will be provided, contact your hospice care administrator. They can go over the care plan and answer any concerns you may have. 


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