End-of-life care at home ups chances of dying in own bed

In case of end-of-life care at home, there are four times more chances of terminally ill people dying in their own bed, reports say.

A research was done by the Nuffield Trust and it states that an emergency hospital treatment can be needed by those who don't get home care.

About 60,000 terminally ill people were studies by researchers and about 50 per cent of them had been given care by the Marie Curie Nursing Service.

The research stated that as compared to two fifths of people who did not get the service, eight per cent of Marie Curie patients died in hospital.

Over a third of people who were not given home care were admitted to hospital as an emergency at the end stage of their lives as compared to 12 per cent of those who got the service.

The authors concluded, "These results offer evidence that home-based nursing care can reduce hospital use at the end of life, and help more people to die at home."

Marie Curie Cancer Care chief executive Dr Jane Collins said, "Most people want to be cared for at home at the end of their lives and don't want to spend their final days in hospital."

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