Five Common Misconceptions

5 Common Misconceptions of Hospice Care

Hospice means the patient will die soon

Reality: Receiving hospice care does not mean giving up hope or that death is close at hand. The sooner an individual receives hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize a patient's medical condition and address other needs.

Hospice is giving up

Reality: We believe with hospice you are given the opportunity to receive physical, spiritual, and emotional comfort. Our team will individualize care to you and your family’s needs. We care about you and help you focus on the important moments at the end-of-life. Our nurses collaborate with your physician allowing you quality time at home, wherever that may be.

Hospice is just for the elderly, patients with cancer, or AIDS

Reality: Safe Harbor Hospice provides care to anyone who has a prognosis of 6 months or less, and is not limited to cancer or AIDS. Hospice is for anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.

You have to wait on your doctor

Reality: Everything we do in our lives is a choice and we are free to ask questions, even for our health care. Unfortunately, some doctors wait for the families to bring up the need for hospice; this is why some receive care so late.

Hospice ends at death

Reality: Safe Harbor Hospice provides bereavement services that continue 12 months after patient passes. During this time, the Bereavement Coordinator will provide grief support and resources to families to ensure they are not alone or forgotten.

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