Dying at Home: Progress Made But More to Be Done

Posted on April 18, 2012 by

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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.

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