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Is hospice use alone a good indicator of quality of end-of-life care?

Hospice use is commonly accepted as an indicator of quality of end-of-life care, however, when researchers in the U.S. studied variations in patterns of hospice use between states, they found troubling trends. They discuss the variations in the timing and duration of hospice enrollment and their implications in an article published in Journal of Palliative [...]

Five-year study sheds light on hospice care in assisted living facilities versus in-home hospice care

Researchers have found several key differences among people who receive hospice care – which maintains or improves the quality of life for someone whose condition is unlikely to be cured – in assisted-living facilities (ALFs) compared with people who receive hospice care at home. People receiving hospice care in ALFs were more likely to be [...]

Pet Health: When is it time for hospice care?

Hospice care, palliative care, end-of-life care – no matter how the phrase is turned, it rings with finality. For pet owners, the terminal diagnosis of a pet is fraught with conflicting emotions, confusing information, and confounding decisions that often are made within the walls of a veterinary clinic or hospital. For some people, this burden [...]

Study examines hospice use and depression symptoms in surviving spouses

While most surviving spouses had more depression symptoms following the death of their partner regardless of hospice use, researchers found a modest reduction in depressive symptoms among some surviving spouses of hospice users compared with nonhospice users, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. The Institute of Medicine’s report on improving the [...]

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: Older Americans are progressing in several key measures but inactivity sees sharp rise

Vermont is the healthiest state for seniors, rising from fourth place last year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. New Hampshire ranks second, improving one spot from last year. Minnesota fell to third after being ranked first for [...]