Homes Are Better Places To Die Than Hospital For Senior Citizens
“Home is where the heart is.” The quote is completely justified in context to the old people who are about to face their demise due to health problems. A recent study has proven that dying at homes are more comfortable than dying in the hospital. Hospitals fail to cure the symptoms of depression and pain that majority of the elder people face by the end of their lifetime, which is usually taken care of if they stay at their homes.
Reasons why deaths at home are better than deaths at hospital:
Shortage of palliative care at the hospitals: A study in the journal BMC Geriatrics elucidates the need to improve the facilities by the staff, in all places. The study especially tend to point at the lack of palliative care doctors at the NHS. It is indispensable to provide the palliative care to the aged patients as it deals with the condition without actually dealing with the cause of it. It provides a mental satisfaction and home-like care to the patients in his their days. The co-author of the study, Rowan Calloway says, “In the UK, we particularly need to address the current shortage of palliative care doctors in the NHS, where training numbers are not going up to match demand, but the shortage is even greater in developing countries.”
Provision of palliative care at home: With the increasing life expectancy, there is an increase in the deaths of old people due to problems like dementia, cancer and heart problems making their end-of-life care arduous. Most of the people with such diseases reportedly have symptoms of depression and mental sickness which can take a bad turn and deteriorate the individual’s condition if not taken proper care of. The first author of the study, Dr Jane Fleming from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, says, “How we care for the oldest members of society towards the end of their lives is one of the big issues for societies across the world. The UK is not the only country where an urgent review of the funding for older people's long-term care is needed, along with commitments to staff training and development in this often undervalued sector.” Further, Dr Morag Farquhar added, “Improving access to supportive and palliative care in the community should be a priority, otherwise staying at home may not always be the most comfortable setting for end-of-life care, and inadequacies of care may lead to admission before death in hospital.”
The Cambridge Institute of Public Health researched about the factors that provide a comfortable environment to the old people in their final illness which include the place where they are taken care of and the place of death. The comfort level is 4 times high of the people whose care was taken at home than those who were relying on the formal services and care of the doctors in the hospitals. However, it is really important to introduce palliative care doctors in the hospitals for the patients to reach the maximum level while they are in their last days.