End-of-life isn't about the dying process. It's about providing comfort and support for patients and families. Hospice and palliative (comfort) care gives patients a chance to live their life to the fullest, pain free in a comfortable setting. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing.
Myth 1: Choosing hospice means I'm giving up hope.
First and foremost, hospice should never be viewed as "giving up." When a cure is no longer possible, Arbor Hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life - comfort and quality of life. The most common statement made by families who chose Arbor Hospice for their loved one is "we wish we had known about Arbor Hospice sooner."
Myth 2: I want to care for my loved one at home, not in a hospice.
Hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care. The majority of Arbor Hospice patients receive care in their own home, where they are surrounded by family and familiar settings. Home could be a private home, nursing home or assisted living facility - wherever the person lives and considers home. The Residence of Arbor Hospice is available for individuals who may need additional support or who wish to reside in a residential hospice.
Myth 3: The doctor suggested hospice; that must mean my loved one has a few days left to live.
Hospice care is available to anyone who has a life-threatening or terminal illness and has a prognosis of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Hospice should be considered if treatment will no longer cure the disease or the patient is no longer seeking curative treatments. Arbor Hospice will ensure pain and symptoms are managed throughout the end of life journey.
Myth 4: Hospice care is only for the elderly or those diagnosed with cancer.
Hospice programs have developed guidelines to care for anyone, at any age, facing a life-threatening or terminal illness. With Arbor Hospice, individuals at any age have the chance to complete their lives with dignity, in comfort and at peace.
Myth 5: High-quality end-of-life care is expensive.
Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance company, Arbor Hospice will work with the person and their family to ensure services can be provided. Regardless of someone's ability to pay, Arbor Hospice believe everyone should have an opportunity for a comfortable and dignified end-of-life journey.
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