Debunking Some Myths Surrounding Hospice Care

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An experienced educational administrator, Laurie Kimbrel earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and completed postdoctorate coursework with a concentration in executive leadership at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as the head of school for the Norcross, Georgia-based Brookhaven Innovation Academy since 2016. Outside of the professional environment, Laurie Kimbrel is a patient care volunteer with Bristol Hospice in Atlanta.

Although many people equate hospice care with death, modern hospice practices and services are exceptionally comprehensive and diverse. First and foremost, hospice isn’t just for the sick. It also addresses the needs of the friends and family members of the terminally ill. Viewing the involvement of loved ones as an essential part of effective treatment, hospice provides friends and family members with a variety of support options, including access to grief counseling and bereavement care services.

Another rumor that commonly circulates about hospice is that it places patients on a fast-track to death. This is far from the truth. In fact, a 2007 study reported that hospice patients tend to live an average of 29 days longer than patients who do not receive hospice care. Even functional and vivacious patients who have received a terminal prognosis are eligible for hospice care.

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