Myths about Hospice Care

Myth: Only people with money have access to hospice care.

Fact:

Most private insurers cover hospice care, as do Medicare and Medicaid. However, Hospice East offers the same exceptional care to all patients, regardless of insurance coverage. We never bill the patient or family.

Myth: Hospice care manages pain using addictive narcotics

Fact:

Hospice care provides psychosocial and spiritual care, along with pain management. Few people ever become addicted to opiates when used safely under a hospice physician’s guidance.

Myth: Hospice care is only for the elderly

Fact:

Hospice care is provided to people of all ages, from infancy to adulthood.

Myth: Hospice is a place

Fact:

Hospice care can be provided any place you call home – your own home or a family member’s, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, an in-patient unit, or a VA hospital.

Myth: Hospice care is only for cancer and AIDS patients

Fact:

Fifty percent of hospice patients are diagnosed with conditions other than cancer or AIDS.

Myth: To be eligible for hospice, I have to be in the final stages of dying

Fact:

While Medicare guidelines require a patient to have a terminal prognosis of 6 months or less to be eligible for hospice, there is no fixed limit

Myth: After the patient's death, hospice care ends.

Fact:

Bereavement services and grief support are available to family members for up to one year after the death of a patient.

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Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Nursing Services Available 24/7

Phone: 859-744-9866 / 800-398-9866
Fax: 859-744-1971
Email: info@hospiceeast.com

407 Shoppers Dr.
Winchester, KY 40391

Need to talk?

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Nursing Services Available 24/7

Phone: 859-744-9866 / 800-398-9866
Fax: 859-744-1971
Email: info@hospiceeast.com

407 Shoppers Dr.
Winchester, KY 40391

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