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Blog: Stories and Insight

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

elderly couple embracingOver 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.

devoted senior husband and wifeHospice 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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