Telling the Story: Perceptions of Hospice in Long-Term Care

College of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 32304, USA.
The American journal of hospice & palliative care (Impact Factor: 1.38). 10/2011; 29(3):201-9. DOI: 10.1177/1049909111421340
Source: PubMed


We used qualitative methods (13 homogenous focus groups of residents, bereaved family members, licensed staff, paraprofessional staff, and social workers) to examine the components of a good death in a long-term care (LTC). Hospice involvement as beneficial to end-of-life care emerged as a naturally occurring theme and hospice was deemed as expert in all groups. Participants indicated some barriers to hospice involvement as well as difficulties in collaboration between facility staff and hospice personnel. When viewed within the context of existing literature, these data suggest that a new model of hospice care in which hospice staff serve as expert consultants may be appropriate. This model that recognizes and optimizes the experience of both the facility staff and hospice personnel will benefit care recipients.

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