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Hospice Myths and FactsMyths & Facts about Hospice Care

MYTH:
Hospice starves people and does not care about weight loss.

FACT:
Hospice views eating as a factor in quality of life rather than a curative nutritional intervention. Food and fluids are always offered. Weight loss is considered part of the natural dying process.

MYTH:
Hospice is only for the last days of life.

FACT:
In order for hospice care to be the most effective, hospice should be involved in the patient’s care as soon as treatment is no longer an option.

MYTH:
Hospice provided 24 hour attendant care.

FACT:
Hospice care is intermittent. When 24-hour care is required, the hospice assists the family in finding placement for the patient.

MYTH:
People who live alone are ineligible for hospice.

FACT:
People may live alone as long as it is safe. When it becomes unsafe hospice staff will help them arrange in home assistance or other placement.

MYTH:
Hospice provides euthanasia to their patients.

FACT:
Hospice does nothing to prolong or shorten life, but allows the disease process to take its natural course.

MYTH:
People must have a chosen a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to be on Hospice.

FACT:
While a DNR decision is not required for admission, the hospice educates the patient and family in understanding the benefits and burdens of CPR at this stage in the illness.