Folks frequently tell us they think hospice is only for people with cancer.
This notion is a common misconception about the folks who can be cared for by hospice. When hospice care was established in the United States in the 1970's, cancer diagnoses accounted for the largest percentage of hospice admissions. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's recent report entitled "Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America", currently less than half or about 35.6% of the patients cared for by hospice have a cancer diagnosis.
In 2010, the top four non-cancer diseases for patient admitted to hospice were heart disease, general debility*, dementia (which includes Alzheimer's Disease), and lung disease. Other end stage diseases that are often cared for by hospice include stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, neurological disorders, and ALS.
All of the diseases mentioned can eventually lead to the final stage, the point at which further treatment is no longer helpful or appropriate. At that time, hospice may be the appropriate choice for care. Hardin County Hospice strives to control symptoms of any end stage disease, while allowing patients to stay at their place of residence, whether that is home, nursing home, or assisted living facility.
When the time comes, you have a choice of who will care for you and your loved one. CHoose Hardin County Hospice. Let us care for you.
"...God... comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God..." II Corenthians 1:4 (NIV)
~Sue Alger, RN
*Debility-general deterioration cause by multiple illnesses or old age.