Hospice Myths and Facts

MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING DEATH.

FACT:  An early referral to the AtlantiCare's Hospice Program gives patients and their families the opportunity to fully benefit from its services.

MYTH: HOSPICE CARE  IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

FACT: AtlantiCare's hospice program is for patients and their families during any life-limiting disease.

MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO CARRY PRIVATE INSURANCE.

FACT: Hospice care is for everyone regardless of ability to pay.  Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, local and community groups, as well as many faith-based organizations.

MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS THE SAME AS HOME HEALTH CARE.

FACT: Hospice is totally different in that hospice staff is specially trained in providing…

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual

support to families.  Grief support is provided after the patient’s death.

MYTH: HOSPICE PATIENTS MUST BE AT HOME.

FACT: Patients don’t have to be at home to receive hospice services.  Hospice encourages patients to be as active as possible and to live life to the fullest every possible moment.

MYTH: HOSPICE SERVICES STOP WHEN THE PATIENT DIES.

FACT: Hospice provides free grief support to families for a year or longer after the patient’s death.

MYTH: HOSPICE IS A SPECIAL FACLITY.

FACT: Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives:

  • Home
  • Nursing home
  • Assisted living facility
  • Hospital
  • Hospice in-patient unit

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