Common Hospice Myths

Myths, Misconceptions & Facts about Hospice Care

It’s a common misconception that hospice care is only for people who are expected to pass away in days or weeks. Misunderstandings like this prevent people from taking advantage of helpful services that could improve quality of life for seniors and families.

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Myth: The hospice patient must die within six months or lose coverage.

Fact: Hospice patients can stay in hospice care as long as medically necessary while the disease takes its normal course.

Myth: Hospice is for patients who have given up and are close to death.

Fact: Hospice is about living – sometimes patients even get better and are taken off of hospice.

Myth: Hospice is a place the patient must go in order to have the services.

Fact: Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home, including inpatient care facilities.

Myth: Hospice care will cost the patient and family a fortune.

Fact: Hospice is completely covered by most insurance companies, Medicare, MediCal and VA benefits.