Because it is sometimes difficult to talk about hospice care, myths have developed over the years. Here are some common myths and facts.
Hospice is where you go when there is "nothing else to be done."
Hospice is the "something more" that can be done for the patient and the family when the illness cannot be cured. It is a concept based on comfort-oriented care. Referral into hospice is a movement into another mode of therapy, which may be more appropriate for terminal care.
Hospice is a place.
Hospice care usually takes place in the comfort of your home, but can be provided in any environment in which you live, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care facilities.
Hospice is only for cancer patients.
Fact: A large number of hospice patients have congestive heart failure, dementia, chronic lung disease, or other conditions.
Only senior citizens can receive hospice care.
Hospice cares for patients of all ages - from infants and children to young adults to senior citizens.
VNA of Care New England provides comprehensive, compassionate and individualized hospice services throughout Rhode Island to people of all ages. Please call us at (401) 737-6050 or toll free 1-800-348-6417.
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