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Hospice: Dispelling the Myths

Despite continual growth in awareness and access, society still harbors many myths about hospice and the care it provides. These misconceptions contribute to the underutilization of hospice services. This is unfortunate because many patients with life-limiting illnesses could benefit from expert pain and symptom control, as well as the emotional, social, and spiritual support that hospice care can provide. Learn the truth behind ten common hospice myths that contribute to the stigma surrounding this form of end-of-life care.

MYTH #1: Hospice is a place.

FACT: Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on comfort rather than a cure. Hospice is about making the most of each day and enjoying the best quality of life possible. Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home, whether that’s in their own home, a group home, assisted living facility or long-term care facility.