An All-Too-Familiar Story
In the December 4th edition of the Sacramento Bee, Karin Klein, shared an all-too-familiar story about her brother-in-law, who had dementia and underwent aggressive medical treatment before his death. Her issues with the healthcare system’s treatment of the elderly and the lack of funding for quality end-of-life services reflect the patient experiences that many hospices witness every day.
Quality, attentive end-of-life care can significantly improve quality of life for many frail, elderly individuals, and make the transition easier for patients and their family members. NHPCO is constantly working to communicate these issues with congressional staff and develop solutions.
If you’ve read any stories similar to Karin’s, feel free to share them so that we can incorporate them into our messaging on Capitol Hill and with policymakers.