November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month
Over these 40 years, Samaritan – a regional leader in hospice and palliative care – has heard many patients’ families say, “I wish we had called sooner.” A lack of awareness and understanding of hospice and palliative care is the number one reason that families put off making the call. This November, as we embark on National Hospice & Palliative care month, Samaritan encourages you to educate yourself so that you can be empowered to make healthcare decisions for yourself and for those you care about.
Defining Hospice & Palliative Care
- Hospice care provides quality, compassionate care for patients living with serious illness who are no longer undergoing curative treatment with a six month or less prognosis. An interdisciplinary team helps patients develops a care plan that centers on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients, and all those who care about them.
- Palliative care is a medical specialty for patients living with a serious illness. Patients may be cured or may live with the condition for a long time. Palliative care can be received alongside curative treatment to relieve pain and manage symptoms.
Both are designed to improve the quality of life a patients and their loved ones.
Hospice Myths and Facts:
- Hospice Myth: Hospice care is expensive.
- Hospice Fact: Many hospice patients are over age 65 so they’re entitled to Medicare’s hospice benefit, which covers services in the plan of care.
- Palliative Myth: You can’t receive treatment on palliative care.
- Palliative Fact: Patients receiving palliative care that is not hospice care can also receive other types of curative treatment for their illness.
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