According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the amount of time people spend in hospitals or nursing homes in the final months of their lives rather than their homes varies depending on where they live. “Where the Elderly Die Can Vary by Region, Study Shows”, explains how research from the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that someone dying in the regions of the Gulf Coast and Rockies spend more than two additional weeks hospitalized or in other facilities compared with someone dying in the Midwest or Montana. This variation may point to unnecessary end of life care and could help better understand why medical care is being administered that undermines someone’s wish to be at their home.
One of the best ways to avoid receiving unnecessary or undesirable medical care is to have a health care power of attorney and make certain your patient advocate knows your wishes. As with many people, this may include your preference of receiving care at home rather than in a health care facility. To help ensure your wishes are followed, consult with an experienced elder law attorney today.