Myths about Hospice Care

Myth: Hospice care is only for cancer patients

Truth:  Hospice care is for all patients with a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Cardiac Disease, ALS, Stroke, Liver Disease, Cancer, etc.

Myth: Hospice is just for the elderly

Truth:  Hospice is for all age groups during their final stages of life, including children and adults of all age groups.

Myth: Hospice is just for the patient

Truth:  Meeting the needs of the patient and family is a top priority. The family unit is at the center of all decision making.  Comfort Care Hospice recognizes that it takes many caregivers to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Myth: The patient cannot keep their own doctor

Truth:  Patient and family may choose to keep their own doctor or they may choose our medical director. You and your family will have the opportunity to chose which physician is best for your individual needs.

Myth: Hospice care may only be provided in the patient’s home.

Truth:  Hospice care may be provided where ever the patient calls home, including their home, long term care facility or the hospital.

Myth: Hospice care is expensive.

Truth:  Comfort Care Hospice provides services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. The Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits cover services related to the terminal prognosis. If patients have private insurance or managed care, we assist in checking their benefit coverage to make sure patients and families understand any potential out-of-pocket costs.

Myth: Hospice requires a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Order

Truth:  A patient can receive hospice without having signed a DNR. The hospice regulation actually says that hospices cannot discriminate against patients because of any advance directive choices. The purpose and benefit of hospice care is to allow for a peaceful passing in a comfortable and familiar setting like home with loved ones near.  While many people wish to have a DNR to avoid unnecessary medical intervention and hospitalization, you are not required to have a DNR to receive hospice care.

 

Contact Us:

 

Comfort Care Hospice


88 Heritage St
Baxley, Georgia 31513


Phone:

912-367-4146

Fax:

912-367-4147

 

Business Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are avaliable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

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