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The ability for a patient to qualify for hospice care is based on the physician’s determination that their illness is not responding to treatment and the patient has 6 months or less to live. Illnesses that require hospice care in the adult population take a more predictable pattern than in pediatric and perinatal patients. This is not to say that the process of hospice care and dying is easier for the patients, their families, or the hospice team, but that there is more research in how to prepare for such care. Non-hospice nurses have a stronger foundation and better understanding of death and dying with regard to patients at this stage of life that allows them to be better equipped to initiate discussions of hospice care. It takes special training in psychosocial support to give adequate hospice care, but the base knowledge of nursing is more prepared for discussing end-of-life-care with older patients than with children. It is this ability to communicate that allows them to build the rapport that is crucial to improving the quality of dying.
Though there have been advancements in hospice care in improving the quality and availability of such resources, it is still underutilized, especially in cases of advanced dementia. “Patients dying with dementia who receive hospice care have better symptom management, fewer hospitalizations, and greater family satisfaction with the care than those not receiving hospice care” (Mauk, 2014). Patients may not be aware that they
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