Hospice is often thought of as a place where people die; however, it’s much more than that. Hospice is assistance for terminally ill patients and families, often in their own home, that allows the patient to remain as comfortable as possible in their end-of-life care.
There are many misconceptions about hospice, which often have a negative connotation. Keep reading to learn more about our hospice service and common misconceptions.
Hospice is not giving up
It’s a common misconception that being in hospice means that you have given up, but this simply isn’t true. Our hospice program is designed to give patients a chance to be comfortable as they live out their life. This is not giving up hope. This is giving peace.
Hospice care is not confined to the hospital
Our hospice service provides the best end-of-life care wherever you want it, whether in the hospital or the comfort of your own home. Hospice is not a place; it’s a service. Hospice can take place in a variety of places. Many hospitals have a hospice wing for patients in the hospital to be easily moved to. Nursing homes and assisted livings may also have separate hospice units for its residents. If not, hospice services can usually be delivered to them from outside sources. There are also several independent hospices, which is a facility that solely focuses on hospice care.
AAAWA offers in-home hospice care to make the patient the most comfortable, which you can learn about here.
Hospice is not limited to only pain management
Hospice professionals can provide a range of services depending on what the patient and their family needs. Some may think hospice services are similar to home health services. Services can be 24-hour or on-call care. If needed, respite care may be available to the primary caregiver. Hospice care may also include support after a loss or spiritual services.
Hospice is much more than end-of-life care. It often can continue for the family after their loved one has passed. To learn more about our hospice service, please call 479-783-4500 or click here.