McKnights wrote on the findings of a study in Health Affairs which indicates that nursing homes are sending residents with dementia to the hospital more often than is needed during their last year of life. Two-thirds of the patients reviewed in the study had at least one potentially avoidable hospital stay during their final year.  The study examined data from 2000 to 2008 and tracked over 12,000 individuals to find these patterns. The information highlights the need to have advanced care planning in place for individuals with dementia long before death.

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