Myths & Facts
Myth: Hospice is a Place.
Fact: In some areas, there are buildings dedicated to Hospice Palliative care BUT hospice can be provided in any environment including homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals.
Myth: Individuals have to give up their doctor.
Fact: It is important for people to keep their own doctor who continues to be responsible for the individual’s care.
Myth: Hospice is for Cancer Patients.
Fact: Any life threatening illness allows someone to seek Hospice Care. Hospice resources serve a broad range of illness.
Myth: Hospice Care has a time limit.
Fact: Hospice care has no time limit as long as the person is palliative and continues to need care. Although community Hospice teams do not provide 24-hour care, every effort is made to offer services during the times most needed by individuals and their families.
Myth: Hospice clients must be bedridden.
Fact: Hospice serves anyone who is palliative regardless of their level of activity.
Myth: Hospice Programs are for the client only.
Fact: Caregiver relief is an important part of our program but also included are other programs relating to the illness or death of a loved one.
Myth: Tears are an expression of weakness
Fact: Tears are simply an expression of emotion. Emotions must be addressed or they will continue to overwhelm.
Myth: Adults are always clear on religion and death.
Fact: Often adults are unable to clearly express their own beliefs regarding religion and death.
Myth: The goal is to ‘get over’ grief. Once it is resolved, it is over.
Fact: Grief is not a disease to be gotten over. Reaching a point where you are able to think of the deceased with some level of peace is attainable but there will always be some grief that will continue to come up at different times.
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.~Corita Kent
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