Hospice Care in the Nursing Home Offers Benefits to Residents at End of Life
This article from PR Newswire informs us about benefits of a quality end-of-life care program in nursing homes.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that more than 1.4 million Americans receive care from the nation’s hospice providers annually with 22.8 percent residing in a nursing home. Yet, only six percent of nursing home residents in the U.S. currently elect the hospice benefit, even though nearly one-in-four deaths in the U.S. occur in a nursing home.
“More and more hospices are successfully caring for people residing in nursing homes. This growth reflects the increased provision of quality care for dying persons who are not in the traditional ‘home’ setting. For many people, the nursing home is their home and they deserve the compassionate, quality care that hospice and palliative care providers are trained to deliver,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “This literature review points out many positive benefits of hospice in the nursing home and it reminds us all of the importance of caring for this population.”
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