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Clearing Up 4 Big Misconceptions About Hospice Care

Find Out What Home Hospice Care Truly Entails

Hospice care is a vital part of many patients’ health care journey. That’s why we believe that there shouldn’t be any confusion about what hospice care is and what it isn’t.

All patients deserve dignity as Phoenix Home Care & Hospice helps them manage their journey. Dignity includes having the correct information about what’s available to you, so you can make the best decisions possible for your health.

If you’re considering home hospice care, Phoenix Home Care & Hospice can provide thorough, compassionate hospice care. Read on as we debunk the many myths you may have heard about hospice care and explain the services we offer.

Myth: Hospice Care Patients Are Always At the Very End of Their Lives

Many view hospice care as “the end.” When they think of a person receiving hospice, they automatically associate this with their final days of life. However, this is far from the truth.

Although hospice care patients must have a life-limiting diagnosis from a physician and have elected not to pursue treatment for this illness, this doesn’t mean that you should expect a sudden downward spiral.

Patients should expect that a hospice physician, hospice nurse, and aides, and other health care professionals will provide relief from the pain and discomfort associated with that illness’ symptoms, among many other benefits, including emotional and spiritual support.

Pain relief and avoiding the hospital and ER by receiving home hospice care near you may in fact increase your quality of life for some time.

Myth: Hospice Care Means a Patient Is Giving Up

Our team can’t stress this enough: hospice is not for the hopeless. Electing hospice care at home does not mean that you’ve decided that there’s nothing left you can do. Although your doctor may determine that your terminal illness is not responding to treatment, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t life left to live and experiences yet to be had with your family and friends.

Electing hospice care is actually a form of strength. You’re taking control of your condition and advocating for your needs. You’re seeking out what’s best for you at this time in your life. If you have hope for what is yet to come and you’re ready to receive support from a compassionate, patient hospice team like Phoenix, you’re showing strength, not weakness.

Myth: Hospice Takes Place In a Facility

Many patients view hospice as a “place” you go at the end of your life. It is true that hospice care facilities are available, but you can also receive hospice care at home.

Phoenix provides hospice care in the comfort of your home, so you can be in a familiar place, while you receive all the benefits available to you through hospice without having to stay in a facility or visit the hospital.

Myth: Hospice Care Is Provided Exclusively by a Nurse

A final, major misconception about hospice is that this service is only delivered by a nurse, who delivers pain medication. Although pain relief is a part of hospice care, this healthcare service is far more sophisticated and comprehensive.

When you elect home hospice care, you receive the following benefits:

  • Comfort and pain-management.
  • A dedicated hospice team including doctors, nurses, social workers, and aides.
  • Special services including occupational, physical, and speech therapists, if needed.
  • A hospice nurse case manager, who is available 24/7.
  • Respite care, which is a break for family caregivers, when needed.
  • A chaplain for spiritual counseling, support, and comfort.
  • The equipment, medication, and supplies related to hospice treatment.
  • Social workers and volunteers for emotional support, resources, and more.
  • Bereavement services for the family.

Hospice is far more than a single person. Phoenix Home Care and Hospice ensures that you receive all the benefits entitled to you as a person seeking hospice care at home.

Trust Our Compassionate Team for Hospice Care and All It Provides

When you seek any form of health care at home, you deserve the very best. That begins with understanding the truth about what services you can take advantage of.

Phoenix Home Care & Hospice provides our years of expertise so you understand your options for hospice care. We deliver premium services, so you can have the best possible quality of life and comfort at home.

Get in touch with Phoenix, the leading provider of hospice care near you, to experience the thorough support we provide for you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It would be our honor to serve you.

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