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Mar 27, 2020

We’re talking about dying today - no surprise there. But what’s the best place to die? Hospice professionals will tell you that a “good death” doesn’t occur in the hospital.

If the hospice interdisciplinary team doesn’t consider where the patient would like to die, it’s not really respecting the rights of the patient. Those rights, in the form of end of life wishes, form the foundation for every hospice plan of care. 

Seriously ill people can feel strongly about whether dying at home, in their own beds with family present is a good fit for them. Hospice teams should listen closely to what patients are saying, and do everything they can to make those wishes happen. Read about palliative care physician Dr. Richard Leiter’s personal experience with a family death in the hospital here

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