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When we consider what we would like our last weeks of life to be like, many envision a time as pain free and peaceful as possible. Time spent at home, a hospice facility or maybe even a nursing home. We don’t like to consider our last weeks or days spent at a hospital.
A national study put on by Harvard and U.C.S.F., showed that half of older adults (in the study) visited the ER in the last month of life and most of them died in the hospital. Emergency room staff are trained to do everything to save a life and are not particularly equipped to deal with “palliative care or end-of-life care”. ER visits can be impersonal, stressful, and even scary for elderly patients. ER visits are also very expensive as a multitude of tests are run (many of which are unnecessary for someone in the last weeks of life). In the study, the patients who were least likely to visit the ER were those in a Hospice program. Read the rest of this entry »