Shedding Light on the Myths of Hospice Care

June 28, 2016

Monique Lee

I don’t know about you all, but I like to have a plan. We plan for births, weddings, and other important events in our lives, so it only makes sense to plan for your end-of-life care. Hospice of Wilson Medical Center can help with this.

 Hospice of Wilson Medical Center’s team of nurses, social workers and volunteers have the same goal –to provide our patients with the best quality of life in their final stages - focusing on comfort and dignity.

 There are many myths associated with Hospice care, so I’d like to give you a little insight. So what exactly is hospice care? Hospice is a specialized type of care for individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.

 Most people think that Hospice is a place. It is not a place, it’s a philosophy. Most of the time hospice care occurs in the person’s home; however, we can provide this type of care in a nursing home or assisted living facility as well.

Patients do not have to be confined to their homes. Not all patients in hospice are bedridden. Depending on the patient’s physical condition, they can continue to lead a productive life.

 Hospice care is not just for cancer patients. We see patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, congestive heart failure and other conditions in addition to those with cancer.

 Hospice doesn’t mean you’ve given up hope. Hospice care can help patients and their family members make the most of their remaining time together. Our care team is here to provide comfort and emotional support for not only the patient, to the family and caregivers as well.

It is the patient’s choice. Although the physician recommends hospice care based on the patient’s prognosis, it is ultimately up to the patient – or the power of attorney - to decide whether they want to receive care and which program is the best fit.

 No one wants to think about dying or making difficult decisions about end-of-life care. But I think it’s comforting to know that if you were to need our services, we have a team ready to give you, and your loved one, the most compassionate care possible during one of the most difficult, yet precious times in your life. We believe in holistic care and quality of life, we believe in making memories.

If you would like more information about any of Hospice’s services, call 252.399.8924.

Monique Lee is a registered nurse and the Hospice manager at Wilson Medical Center.