Common Myths

There are many myths about hospice and we believe that all hospice eligible patients deserve the truth about what is possible with our care.

The truth about hospice.

Truth: In America today, less than half of the people who are eligible for hospice receive it. We believe that everyone deserves the truth about what is possible with our care. We aim to exceed the expectations of our patients and their families by providing them with the best possible end of life care. Below are several common myths about hospice care.


We Honor Veterans

At Heart of Hospice we are committed to honoring all Veterans and their families who courageously defended the freedom of these United States. We understand that Veterans and their families may have unique needs at the end of life and we strive to meet them where they are. We are a proud partner of We Honor Veterans and we are committed to serving our Veteran community the way they desire to be served.

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Myth: "My father is just not ready for hospice yet."

The truth about hope.

Truth: If your loved one is eligible for hospice care, the Heart of Hospice philosophy doesn’t require you to be ready to give up. We will not ask you to give up the treatments you find comfort in, your doctor, or your hope. Our medical, psychosocial, and spiritual care is tailored to meet your needs as you define them.

Ask yourself: What do I need to be ready for? Are you ready to be comfortable? Are you ready to have a team to support you to live where you want to live? Are you ready to have emotional and spiritual support for yourself and your family? ​

When you elect the hospice benefit, we will make sure that you understand the hospice services and the comforting nature of our care. When asked what our patients and families think about hospice, most of them say, “We wish we had chosen the benefit sooner.” Readiness isn’t a requirement to receive the care you and your family need and deserve.

Myth: "I don't want hospice to make me give up my physical therapy"

The truth about treatment.

Truth: At Heart of Hospice, our mission is to serve all hospice eligible patients in the way they desire to be served. Physical therapy, IV therapies, radiation, and other treatments that you consider comforting may be included in your hospice plan of care.

Myth: "We want to keep Dad at home."
"Dad has been a resident in assisted living for years. He wants to stay with his friends."

The truth about location.

Truth: At Heart of Hospice, we care for patients wherever they call home. Our patients are in their own homes throughout the community, in assisted living communities, and in nursing homes; we also work with patients who do not have a permanent living situation.

Myth: "I heard Hospice will make me sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order!"

The truth about advanced directives.

Truth: At Heart of Hospice we serve eligible patients regardless of the decisions they have or have not made regarding Advance Directives. You will not be required to have a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, Living Will, or other Advance Directive document in order to get the care you need. Our interdisciplinary team will work with you to ensure your wishes are met. If you would like, as a part of our care, we have resources to provide education and support to help you make these decisions.


Become a volunteer

Your gifts of compassion and care can make an amazing difference in the lives of patients and their families. Often, we underestimate the power that a smile, a caring word or the smallest act of kindness can have on someone. Volunteers can provide support to patients and families through direct care or administrative duties.

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