Challenges in home care at the end stage of dementia: Hospice units vs. home care units. A qualitative study

Inbal Halevi Hochwald, Zorian Radomyslsky, Yehuda Danon, Rachel Nissanholtz-Gannot

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Abstract

Home hospice units specializing in palliative end-of-life care are uncommon despite the theoretical benefit for people with end stage dementia (PWESD). We described the challenges of caring for PWESD and their families using 24 semi-structured in-depth interviews with professional staff members from two care settings—home hospice units and home care units—in Israel. Staff described end-of-life care for PWESD in four sub-themes: dementia as an end-stage disease; appropriateness of palliative care for PWESD; a family member at the center of care; and “dying-in-place” versus hospitalization. Our findings may enable better services and quality of care for PWESD living at home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1677
Number of pages11
JournalDeath Studies
Volume46
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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