Patient Surrogate’s Spiritual Beliefs Impact Hospice Election

The spiritual beliefs of not only patients but their surrogate decision makers play a significant role in whether a terminally ill individual will enter hospice.  Specifically, a surrogate’s belief in the existence of miracles has a significant influence on end-of-life care decisions. Surrogates who believe in miracles are less likely to elect hospice on behalf […]

Hospices Adapt to Support Patients Without Family Caregivers

Cultural changes to family dynamics and demographics may require hospices to adjust their care and business models to care for patients who have no family support. Since its inception, hospice has been centered on both the patient and family, not only through providing services to the family but also relying on them as an essential […]