Surrounded by myths and misconceptions, hospice remains a misunderstood service that people still can’t grasp. The word itself has a negative connotation because many feel it means “giving up” when actually it means much more than this. There is hope in hospice. Hospice is aggressive in pain and symptom management-just not aggressive treatments. Everything is done to keep a patient as comfortable as possible while providing them with the best quality of life possible.
Care goes beyond just the patient to include family, loved-ones and caregivers. The hospice team helps to develop a collaborative plan of care that includes emotional support, spiritual support, and well-being. The patient and family are guided every step of the way through the hospice process. Even though there may be no hope for a cure to a life-limiting illness or disease, that doesn’t mean a situation is hopeless. When a patient’s symptoms are carefully managed and they are able to remain at home in familiar surroundings with loved-ones, they often say they wish they’d known about hospice sooner. Those under hospice supervision can also actually live longer than they would with conventional care.
Visit the misconceptions section on our website under Hospice Knowledge Base to learn more about what hospice has to offer. Or call us today at 702-636-0200 to speak with an Admission Nurse Specialist.