Shedding New Light on Hospice Care: No Need to Wait for the ‘Brink of Death’

September 7, 2017

(Kaiser Health News) – Although hospices now serve more than 1.4 million people a year, this specialized type of care, meant for people with six months or less to live, continues to evoke resistance, fear and misunderstanding. “The biggest misperception about hospice is that it’s ‘brink-of-death care,’” said Patricia Mehnert, a longtime hospice nurse and interim chief executive officer of TRU Community Care, the first hospice in Colorado. In fact, hospice care often makes a considerable difference for those with months to live.

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