4 more Hospice myths and facts about end of life care

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7. Myth: Hospice care is only for the patient.

Fact: Hospice is a family-centered concept of care and focuses as much on the grieving family as on the dying patient. Following the death of a loved one, #HHWC provides support with individual counseling, grief support groups, workshops, social groups and literature.

8. Myth: I can’t afford hospice care costs.

Fact: #HHWC care is provided free of charge to local people.

9. Myth: Hospice is only for cancer patients.

Fact: Hospice patients don’t have to have cancer. More than half of hospice patients nationwide have diagnoses other than cancer. Hospice serves families dealing with the end stages of many chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s, renal disease, pulmonary diseases like COPD and emphysema, cardiovascular and neuromuscular diseases. It’s dependent on prognosis, and not about the disease.

10. Myth: If I enter hospice, I’ll have to give up my primary doctor and all treatments.

Fact: The hospice team will work closely with your primary doctor or other doctor of choice in developing your care plan. And while hospice does focus on treating symptoms rather than curative medicine, the decision to halt medication is usually left up to the patient. Some patients may decide to stop taking a curative medication if it is causing discomfort.

To find out more about the services Hospice at Home West Cumbria provides, please visit: http://hospiceathomewestcumbria.org.uk/hospice-services-2/