Myths About Hospice

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care which aims to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. The aim of hospice is to make the patient as comfortable as possible and relieve their symptoms and pain for the duration of their illness.

Myths About Hospice

Myth: Hospice is a place.

Truth: Hospice is a philosophy of care which may or may not be provided in a residential setting. Oceanside Hospice Society’s clients receive hospice support and services in the comfort of their own homes.

Myth: Hospice is for people who have no hope.

Truth: With hospice, the miracle isn’t in the cure – it’s in the care. Clients get substantial relief from pain and other symptoms, and their family members and friends get relief and support. Hospice care allows clients to choose how to spend their final weeks or months of life. This allows our clients to spend quality time with loved ones, and have a meaningful, dignified, and peaceful end-of-life.

Myth: Hospice is for older people, or those with Cancer.

Truth: Hospice provides services for people of all ages and with many types of terminal illness.

Myth: Hospice is for people who have only a few days to live.

Truth: Hospice care can be provided when a cure is no longer possible and it is believed the client has up to 12 months to live. Unfortunately, many people become engaged in hospice care too late to fully benefit from the many services available to them and their families.

Myth: Hospice requires family members and friends to be available to provide care.

Truth: While family and friends are usually trained to care for loved ones at home with the support of a trained hospice team, not everyone has access to the support of family and friends. Clients who live alone or don’t have family available to assist them can receive hospice care.

Myth: Hospice can’t talk to or assist someone without a referral from a physician.

Truth: Hospice recognizes that end-of-life care is diverse, stressful, and frightening. We encourage clients and their families to consult with us shortly after diagnosis, so as to ensure the client and their family are aware of the variety of options available to them.

Friends or family members of those with a life-threatening illness can contact the Oceanside Hospice Society at anytime without a referral from a doctor.