Why patients prefer hospice care

“I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick and not feeling good, I’d much rather be at home,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and chief executive of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a nonprofit group of hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. “I think dying is the same way. If you’re going to die, it’s better to be in your own environment and away from the high-technology setting of the hospital.”

This quote, from a Caring.com article, explains one of the largest reasons why more and more people are choosing hospice care over aggressive hospital treatment. With a focus on pain management and comfort creating a better environment for patients and their families, those who wish to make the best of the last stages of their lives take advantage of hospice.