Myth: Hospice is for the last days or week of life.
Research has shown that families benefit more when they have more time with a hospice that jus w few
days or weeks. It takes time to build trust and relationships as well as provide support at such a
challenging time of life. Research also shows that people live longer in hospice care then if they had not
chosen this care at the end of life.
Myth: Hospice is place you go.
Some hospices have inpatient units or hospice house. At Loving Care we do not have a hospice house,
but we do have community relationship that allow us to help facilitate families’ entry process into an
assisted living or extended care facility. The majority of hospice patients live in their own home or a
family member’s home. Hospice will take care of you wherever you call home. While our nurses and
aides do not provide 24 hour around the clock bedside care we do offer our staff availability 24/7 to be
called and come out for a visit in addition to our routine scheduled care.
Myth: If I am not in pain, I don’t need Hospice or comfort care.
Comfort care if much more than just pain control. Hospice focuses on the whole person and the social,
emotional and spiritual issues that can arise in the last months of life. Support is given to patients,
caregivers, and families. Grief support is available to the family during caregiving- as well as the year
following the loss.
Myth: Hospice is for people who are giving up the fight and once I sign up I can’t change my mind.
Hospice care is for people seeking quality of life, comfort and support. Remember, no one is giving up on
your loves one. If his or her health improves so that hospice is no longer needed then we discharge
them and find joy with them that their quality of life can continue longer. Hospice is always available
once the decline returns. No one is ever locked in to hospice, even if you change your mind. The patient
can always change their mind and decide hospice is not right for them.
Question: If loved one signs up with Hospice will they put in a feeding tube when my family member
Poor appetite is very common in the last months of life. This can be confusing to many families who
blame the patients decline on not eating enough. Lack of appetite is usually due to the underlying
disease that is causing more weakness. If this is the case then eating more will not help- and could make
symptoms worse. Forcing a loved one to eat can be very distressing for the patient and cause unneeded
anxiety. Even considering IV fluids can bring the same risk during this fragile end of life stage.
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