ElderBranch issued a press release about palliative care at nursing homes. Nursing homes largely do a poor job when it comes to palliative care today. According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, half of nursing home residents suffer from untreated pain. Comfort care and symptom management are lacking and hospice is under-utilized. With as many as 25% of people passing away in a nursing home setting, high quality support and care for the dying is critical in these environments.
Dr. Temkin-Greener, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, cites the lack of nursing home-specific palliative care practice guidelines, inadequate staff education and the failure to integrate palliative care practices into regular care as some of the key barriers to nursing homes offering high quality, comprehensive palliative care today.
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