Dying at Home: Progress Made But More to Be Done

Posted on April 18, 2012 by


Paula Span reports in today’s NYT, that the percentage of the elderly dying in hospitals has dropped while the percentage of those dying at home has risen to 19%. What is not clear is whether the elderly are able to avoid a “burdensome transition” in their final days — transfers in the last three days of life involving nursing homes or multiple hospitalizations. This is perhaps the more reliable indicator of whether the end of life was a peaceful passage in an era where “home” might actually mean residing in a nursing home or long term care facilities.