A common hospice myth is "Hospice is giving up hope".
Hope looks different in hospice care, but it is not lost. It may mean redefining hope. where a patient once hoped for a cure, he or she may now hope to be pain free. Hope may mean seeing a long lost friend or relative or taking a trip to the beach. Hope may mean being able to spend as much time as possible with a loved one or remaining at home rather than going to a hospital.
Hope continues in hospice care. Its focus just changes.
A second myth about hospice care is "Hospice means that the person will die soon."
Receiving hospice care does not mean that death is imminent. The earlier an individual receives hospice care, the more time the hospice team has to manage symptoms and provide the support needed to make appropriate end of life decisions. This support may be in the form of physical, psychosocial or spiritual care. Hospice care is for individuals who, typically, have a prognosis of months rather than years.