Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

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NPR reports that Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don’t have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey of nearly 600 hospice providers published in Health Affairs.

That doesn’t jibe with the reality facing many hospice patients — roughly 42 percent of whom were living in a private home when they died, according to numbers for 2011 provided by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. And it’s not uncommon for elderly people, even if family members are providing their care, to be on their own during the day, say advocates.

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