Since 2006, the U.S. has experienced a 33% increase in the number of adults 65 and older. One in seven American adults is now in that age group. Consequently, there is a growing need for end-of-life care.
Our new explainer provides an overview of hospice care, a type of end-of-life care provided to seriously ill patients to manage their symptoms, including pain, sometimes alongside curative treatment.
Topics covered include:
- What is hospice care?
- What services are included in it?
- What are the levels of hospice care?
- Where does hospice care take place?
- Who pays for it?
- What resources are available to help select a hospice agency?
- What are the key issues facing policymakers?