AN UNFOUNDED misconception by most people is the following: Hospice care only occurs within the last 72 hours in the life of a person who has a life-limiting disease. NOT TRUE! Awareness to address this falsehood is one of many reasons why November is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear the word “hospice,” they immediately associate the provided care as being intimately tied to hours, or if lucky, days before death. Then there is also the supposition that hospice is only for cancer patients. These are just two myths that need to be busted when it comes to understanding hospice.
Dr. Brian Patrick, a recently relocated family practice physician and a Polk County Medical Association member, says joining the team at Trinity Medical Group was an easy decision. He was immediately drawn to the established, team-oriented staff, the group’s ability to accept many insurance plans, and the high quality service provided to an underserved population. …