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Hospice Care
By TODD OWENS

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atients are eligible for hospice care when they have
been diagnosed with a terminal illness and a prognosis
of six months or less. At that time, comfort, care, and
symptom management become the primary focus, and
curative treatment is no longer a viable option.

For many people nearing the end of life, things don't turn out quite
as planned. Studies have shown that approximately 80 percent of
Americans would prefer to die at home, if possible. Despite this, 60
percent die in acute care hospitals, 20 percent in nursing homes and
only 20 percent at home.
There are many reasons for this outcome; perhaps the biggest one
is lack of communication. According to The Conversation Project,
an organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes,
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