I too, was unsure of the title "Strengthening the business case for a better way to die"....... yikes. This sounds so clinical and business-like. However, this article states "Many Americans die in hospitals or some type of nursing facility, where staff is more attuned to keeping people alive than giving them a peaceful death". When one is near the end of life, most dying do not want to be kept alive, they do, however, would like to die in a peaceful atmosphere, where loved ones are near and the environment is calm and peaceful.
Hopewell House, in Portland, was an inpatient hospice home, but "changes to Medicare and Medicaid had made it harder for physicians to justify inpatient hospice such as the kind facilities like Hopewell House provided." Eventually Hopewell House, and other similar residential hospitals, had to close its door due to financial reasons.
Luckily, there is a movement where these kind of facilities are looking to the subtle change from being deemed a hospital to being deemed as a residential care facility. People familiar with these organizations feel these changes create a space "where everyone from the caregivers to the housekeepers is attuned to the fact that their patients are dying", and this is a very sacred moment that often gets lost in a hospital setting.
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