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What are the myths and truths of hospice?

Michael Shapiro, M.D.

MYTH: Hospice is where you go when there is nothing a doctor can do.
TRUTH: Hospice is a philosophy of care providing medical, emotional, and spiritual care focusing on comfort and quality of life. 

MYTH: Good end-of-life care is very expensive.
TRUTH: Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are covered 100 percent by hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs and managed care plans include hospice coverage. Patients with no financial resources are not denied hospice services. 

MYTH: Hospice is only for the last days of life.
TRUTH: Too often patients begin to receive hospice services when there is little time left. Cornerstone patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending on the course of the illness. 

MYTH: Hospice is only for cancer patients.
TRUTH: All terminal diagnoses qualify. Cornerstone cares for patients with end-stage chronic diseases like COPD, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular diseases. 

MYTH: Choosing hospice means giving up all medical treatment.
TRUTH: Cornerstone provides high-quality pain management and symptom control. Cornerstone Hospice focuses on improving the quality of life, not hastening the progression of the disease. 

MYTH: Families are not able to care for people with terminal illnesses.
TRUTH: Cornerstone Hospice involves the family and offers professional support and training in caring for their loved ones. Cornerstone has a variety of specialized programs designed to meet the special needs of patients and their families. 

MYTH: There is no hospice care available where I live.
TRUTH: Cornerstone serves patients and families in seven counties including Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. The majority of patients recieve in-home care. When home is not an option, one of the several Cornerstone hospice houses can be the next best thing.

MYTH: After the patient’s death, hospice care ends.
TRUTH: Bereavement services and grief support are available to family members for up to one year after the death of a patient. Friends and family members can meet in individual or group sessions. 

If this information surprises you, take time to learn more.

For more Information

Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care


Cornerstone is committed to caring for all hospice patients regardless of payer source or ability to pay. 

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