Hospice myths and facts about end of life care!

Palliative and end of life care services in West Cumbria

Over the next few days we will be sharing 10 Hospice myths and facts about end of life care!

Did you know…

1. Myth: Hospice is only for people in their last days of life.

Fact: Hospice care is for patients who are living with a life limiting illness or have been given a terminal diagnosis, but receiving hospice care doesn’t mean that death is imminent. The earlier you receive hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize your medical condition. While some families and patients wait until the final days of life to contact hospice, hospice is available for many months and can make that time more about living well than dying.

2. Myth: Hospice is a place.

Fact: Although some hospice programs have a building facility, hospice is actually an approach to care that goes to wherever the patient is. Usually that place is in the patient’s home, but inpatient hospice is also available in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, and even the hospital.

3. Myth: Hospice is only for the elderly.

Fact: Hospice is available to anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.