Study: Hospice Care Varies From Assisted Living & Home Settings

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:45 AM

According to a new study, assisted living residents starting hospice care may be closer to death than people receiving the same care at home. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looked at medical data from nonprofit hospice programs across the country. Between 2008 and 2012, researchers found that more than 78,000 patients received hospice care at home, while 7,451 lived in assisted living facilities. Those individuals receiving hospice care in assisted living facilities were usually older, female and more likely to have dementia. Hospice patients living at home were more like to have cancer. Additionally, the data showed hospice stays were typically briefer for assisted living residents, lasting no more than 24 days for half of the patients. Home hospice stays typically lasted at least 29 days for patients. Assisted living residents were also about half as likely as home hospice patients to die in a hospital. Click here to read more.

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