Patients panic when they hear “palliative care” and think it means they are dying. But palliative isn't only for people who are terminally ill, and it is not the same as hospice care. Hospice patients have a prognosis of six months or less, if the illness were to follow the usual course.
Likewise, people ask, how long does a person live after being put on hospice?
The average length of stay in hospice before a patient dies was 26 days in 1994, but only 19 days in 1998. Although these numbers have since increased, the term of care continues to be underutilized, with an average length of stay in 2004 of 57 days and a median length of 22 days.
What does it mean to be in hospice care?
Hospice care: Care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain, so that they live each day as fully as possible.
Is there a limit to how many times you can be on hospice?
Myth No. 1: Hospice places a time limit on patient stays and hastens death. Many people mistakenly believe that to receive hospice care, the patient must be expected to live less than six months. But there is no rule determined by life expectancy.
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