Hospice Care

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Heartland volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform.

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Myth: A Hospice Patient Can't Go to the Hospital

Find out the truth about hospital visits while on hospice care.

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Myth: A Hospice Patient Can't Go to the Hospital

MYTH: "I thought that if my mother was under the care of hospice, she could no longer go to the hospital if she needed to. In the past year, she has been hospitalized several times because her pain got out of control."

TRUTH: While Heartland Hospice strives to manage pain and other uncomfortable symptoms outside of the hospital setting, a hospice patient always has the choice of whether or not to go to the hospital. The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers short-term general inpatient care in the hospital when a patient's symptoms can no longer be managed in another care setting.

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Myth: Hospice Care is Only for Patients With Cancer

"I didn't realize that my husband who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease could have benefited."

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Myth: Hospice Care is Only for Patients With Cancer

MYTH: "I thought that hospice was only for patients with cancer. I didn't realize that my husband who suffered from Alzheimer's disease could have benefited from support from the hospice caregiving team too."

TRUTH: More than 60% of hospice patients nationwide have diagnoses other than cancer. Many patients have other diagnoses or advanced stages of chronic diseases like pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease, renal disease, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular or neuromuscular diseases.

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