9 out of 10 adults prefer to be cared for at home, rather than in a hospital or nursing home, if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice provides that option — 96% of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, or the location they call home.
People facing a terminal or life-limiting illness fear they will become a burden on family and friends, along with having out-of-control pain. Hospice care is special because it addresses the entire range of physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and their caregivers, and does so in an interdisciplinary way. Hospice provides families with the support needed to keep their loved ones at home.
The Institute of Medicine (IoM) has created a public service announcement and website describing when and how to start the conversation about end of life care with friends, family, and care providers. The 30-second PSA can be viewed at www.iom.edu/theconversation, which also lists considerable resources for having a conversation about end-of-life values, goals, and preferences.