Thursday, August 18, 2011

Study: Hospice helps those with dementia

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(Providence, RI) -- A newly-released survey indicates hospice care is significantly improving life for patients with dementia and their families.

Brown University gerontologist Dr. Joan Teno says people responding to the survey noted enhanced care and a perception that the quality of dying was also improved.

The report notes family members were 51-percent less likely to report unmet needs and concerns with the care received.

They also note the peacefulness and quality of dying was more positive than families whose loved ones did not receive hospice care.

The study appears in the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society."

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