HOSPICE CARE: A Better Alternative to Nursing Homes?
While most Americans want to die at home, the overwhelming majority die in hospitals or nursing homes -- often enduring great pain and heroic but futile attempts at prolonging their lives. Supporters of hospice care say this patient-centered, at-home alternative to inpatient death is a better way to end life -- but a combination of regulatory burdens and public skepticism make hospice care a tough decision to make. California Healthline's Stephen Robitaille takes a look at the issues surrounding this kinder, gentler way to die.
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