For-profit nursing homes more likely to deny residents hospice care at the end of life

A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association finds that for-profit nursing homes are increasingly offering their most vulnerable residents high-cost therapy at the end of life rather than hospice care. If someone you love is terminally ill in a nursing home, you may want to speak with the nursing home about different treatment options.

Because hospice care provides comfort at the end of life and does not involve curative treatments, nursing homes make far less money on providing hospice care to their residents than other treatments such as physical therapy. Not surprisingly, researchers found that for-profit nursing homes in particular tend to steer away from delivering hospice care. Rather, these nursing homes provide a large number of therapy services—high volume at great intensity—to their dying residents, which generates more income.

– Just Care

Read the full article here.