FAQ: What are some common Hospice myths?
Are all hospices the same?
All hospices are not the same. Here are some questions you might ask when you are comparing hospice providers.
- Is your medical director board certified in hospice and palliative medicine?
- Will I have the same nurse and hospice aide while on service?
- Are nurses available to visit me if I have an emergency in the middle of the night?
- Will you accept patients who do not have a full time primary caregiver?
- Will you follow my wishes, as long as they are not illegal, whatever they may be?
- Will you accept patients who don’t sign a Do-Not-Resuscitate form?
- What if I don’t die within six months or even 12 months? Will you still take care of me?
- How much time is spent with patients on each visit?
Does choosing hospice mean giving up hope?
Choosing hospice does not mean that you are giving up hope. It means that you have opted to focus on quality of life and for treatments that will help manage various medical symptoms. Hospice allows you to feel comfortable and provides support in order for you to have control over your life.
Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying. Just as doctors and midwives lend support and expertise during the time of child birth, hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process with the primary focus of comfort and support for the patient and their loved ones.
How do I know when the time is right for hospice?
If you or a loved one is living with terminal illness and are not seeking a cure, hospice may be the right choice for you. Generally, hospice is appropriate for persons who are in the last six months of life. There is never a charge for a hospice assessment, call us at 505-872-2300 to schedule an RN home visit.
What happens if you don’t die within 6 months?
Hospice services may be provided beyond six months, with physician certification of continued eligibility. You can continue to get hospice care as long as the hospice medical director recertifies that you are terminally ill.