Myth: Hospice means “giving up.”
Truth: Hospice means shifting to a focus on quality of life for patients and their loved ones.
Myth: Patients must be hospitalized to receive hospice.
Truth: Hospice is not a place, it is a service. Hospice care can be provided wherever patients call home including assisted living facilities, nursing homes and private residences.
Myth: You must give up your primary doctor to begin hospice.
Truth: You may continue to see your primary doctor for a long as you would like; hospice works in partnership with primary care physicians.
Myth: All of your medical decisions must be made before beginning hospice.
Truth: You still may determine or adjust your care goals while in hospice.