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5 Common Misconceptions About Hospice Care

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Suzanne Bullock


One of the hardest decisions families and caregivers can make is whether to ask for hospice care for one of their terminally-ill loved ones.

While it’s a highly emotional time of uncertainty and fear, it seems that so few people understand the necessity of such care, and the benefits to be derived by placing loved ones into professional treatment, not only for the patient, but for their families as well.

Misconceptions of Hospice Care

Many people understandably misunderstand how hospice care works. Here are some answers to common misconceptions:

All hospice programs are the same. All licensed hospice care programs must provide some of the same fundamental services, but their approach to treatment and the quality of care, as well as their support services, may vary greatly.

Patients can’t keep their own doctor. Patients may keep their own Physician who will work closely with our Agapé Hospice Medical Directors and a staff of 75+ Nurse Practitioners to plan and implement their care.

Insurance won’t pay for hospice care. Not being covered by insurance for major health issues is a big source of anxiety these days. Not only is hospice care a service covered under Medicare/Medicaid, but most private insurance plans cover the care as well.

Hospice care is only provided during normal business hours Monday thru Friday. Weekends can be uncertain and anxious. Agapé Hospice understands dealing with advanced disease and serious illness is difficult. We are committed to offering our patients 7-day, 12 hour enhanced care coverage along with 24/7 triage by expert nurses.

Care is only for the patient. Agapé Hospice support services are designed not only for the patient, but for families and caregivers as well. The patient and family are treated as one unit with a focus on meeting patient goals while making sure family members receive the support they need. The hospice team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, Chaplains and Certified Nursing Assistants. 

Agapé Hospice focuses on the needs and well-being of those with a terminal illness, regardless of the type of disease. Unlike a hospital, which focuses on treatment of the disease, hospice focuses on the patient as a person and helping them to live comfortably

If you have a family member or loved one with a terminal illness in South Carolina, contact Agapé Hospice to discuss hospice care and learn why it can be the best decision they can make.

Dying is not a happy experience, but having people surround your family and loved one as they pass meant the world to us. the fact that they actually care about dying peacefully and make it their goal to provide comfort and peace during the process was so comforting.

Rebecca Steele,