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Hospice myths are sometimes the reason why people wait to choose hospice as an option for their medical care. Hospice is about ensuring quality of life. Here are some common myths and facts about hospice:

Hospice Myth
Enrolling in hospice means giving up on life.
Hospice Fact
Enrolling in hospice is choosing to focus on quality of life and focused care. People enrolled in hospice actually live, on average, 29 days longer.

Hospice Myth
Hospice is only for people with cancer.
Hospice Fact
Hospice serves people of any age dealing with any life-limiting illness, and is not limited to those with a cancer diagnosis.

Hospice Myth
We can’t afford hospice.
Hospice Fact
Hospice is often available at little or no cost to the patient. Hospice is a covered benefit under Medicare and may private insurance companies. At Midland Care, no one is turned away for inability to pay.

Hospice Myth
My doctor will bring up hospice when it’s time.
Hospice Fact
Anyone can start the conversation about hospice. Many doctors wait for the patient to bring up hospice, leading to fewer days with quality comfort care, infact families and patients often wish they had brought in hospice sooner.

Hospice Myth
Getting hospice care means leaving my home.
Hospice Fact
Hospice care can happen wherever you many live, whether it’s in a facility or in your community. Midland Care also has the Hospice House in the event that the caregiver is unable to provide care or the pain can not be managed at home.

Hospice Myth
All hospice providers are pretty much the same.
Hospice Fact
Hospice providers are independent from one another and can be profit or not-for-profit providing a wide range of different services.

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