Let’s talk about myths.

There are countless misconceptions about what hospice palliative care is and how it works. Below are common myths that persist today.

MYTH: I can only get palliative care in hospital

FACT: Palliative care services are offered in many places, including hospitals, hospices and in your own home.

MYTH: Palliative care manages pain through the use of addictive narcotics.

FACT: Palliative care is whole person care that provides psychosocial and spiritual care along with pain and symptom management.

MYTH: Having hospice and palliative care means you will die soon.

FACT: Hospice and palliative care is not just for the end of life. It is a holistic approach that includes care-giver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more.

MYTH: Hospice and palliative care is just for people with cancer.

FACT: All those who are diagnosed with a chronic life-limiting illness can benefit from hospice and palliative care.

MYTH: Hospices are generally just for old people.

FACT: Hospice and palliative care is provided to people of all ages – from infancy to adulthood.

MYTH: Everyone has access to hospice and palliative care.

FACT: Though every person has the right to hospice and palliative care, there are many around the world who do not have access to hospice and palliative care.

Source: Achieving Universal Coverage of Palliative Care: Dispelling the myths October 12, 2013

For more information on myths, check out Five Common Myths about Hospice Care.

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