Patient retains control until the final stage of life
23 November 2017
Discussing HOPEVOL with Saskia Teunissen: A three-year study on the quality of Dutch hospices.
We all want to continue living at home for as long as possible, and preferably die in our own home. Unfortunately things often work out differently in practice. The informal care that is necessary is missing, the domestic environment is inadequate, or requisite healthcare is overly complex for home care. Patients at the palliative stage who are no longer able to remain at home can be admitted to a hospice.
Hospices are homes where people with a life expectancy of less than three months can spend the final stage of their life. Each year 20,000-35,000 people die.
Due to the fact that a hospice is not a legally protected title, anyone can set one up and there is no mandatory registration either....