Emily Polhman, with Hospice of Fayette County, addresses common misconceptions about hospice care.
Debunking some myths about hospice care, Emily Pohlman, with Hospice of Fayette County, started by stating hospice is not a place.
"Although we do have an office, hospice is not considered a place," she said.
"We actually provide the care where ever the patient calls home whether that's in a nursing home, their own home, or in assisted living."
She said another common myth is that hospice care speeds up a patient's death, which is untrue. According to Medicaid and Medicare, she said, a patient is appropriate for hospice care when he or she has been given 6 months or less to live.
"With our care, in fact, many of our patients live past that initial prognosis, so it's not wishing your life away, it's not willing your life away, it's just changing the way that you're living and improving the quality of life for you and your family."
Pohlman also said Hospice of Fayette County is a non-profit organization, so their patients are not billed for treatment not covered by the benefit.
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