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Running head: DOES HOSPICE KILL PEOPLE 1 Does Hospice Kill People Denise Caldwell Argosy University Composition2/ Eng10
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DOES HOSPICE KILL PEOPLE 2 Does Hospice Kill People Abstract What is the purpose of hospice and what is hospice about? Many people debate the truth of hospice and what really goes on with what they do. Many people are left with a misconception of hospice will kill your loved one, not help them. Hospice focuses on the end of life (palliative care) support to the patients and families. The patients are the main focus and ensuring the care that is needed for them to die in a respectful death. Hospice does not kill people with high-powered medications. Hospice patients and families get comfort when the end of life is near. Hospice companies focus on what the needs of the patient and the families may be. Hospice provides many different services to help with the transition of dying. Along with palliative care, there are services and practices that help emotional and spiritual needs that can be provided. Hospice is about death and dying, so their mission is to educate and not give false hope to families. Patients that are in hospice care have serious chronic conditions. Hospice organizations practice palliative care to provide comfort and help to patients and families. Patients will receive the help they need with their daily living activities, such as things like bathing, feeding and pain management. A doctor named Dame Cicely Sanders started the hospice program by specializing in the area of terminally ill patients. The American hospice development started in 1974 with the foundation of the Connecticut Hospice in New Haven (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2016). Stories and rumors had spread through the public that claim hospice is only there to kill loved ones with painkillers. However, that is a myth according to the Madilyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Most hospice patients do pass away when they are in hospice care and it is misunderstood why this happens by many (“Hospice Myths & Misconceptions,” 2018). Hospice actually helps with preventing pain and suffering at the end of life, by providing the care needed to give quality of life to the patients. Families are educated on what is to come with their family members as well as coping mechanisms with death and dying of a loved one. The team of a hospice company consists of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, volunteers, chaplain and bereavement counseling. This team is trained to focus on the caring of the patients, not curing them. Social workers are available to help families work together for the patient sake. This includes what the patient may want for their end of life preference. There is education for those that do not understand what pain medications are used for. Agitation is common when people cannot
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DOES HOSPICE KILL PEOPLE 3 care for themselves any more. The hospice organization is to help at the end of life and keep patients comfortable and not suffer to kill them.
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  • Spring '18
  • Palliative medicine, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Hospice Patients Alliance, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care

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