It’s no surprise that nursing home residents with complex illnesses make frequent trips to the emergency room and experience repeated hospitalizations. Often times, nursing homes struggle to provide the specialized support needed when dealing with advanced illness.
Studies show that nursing home residents enrolled in hospice are less likely to be hospitalized in the final 30 days of life than those not enrolled in hospice (24% vs. 44%). Even more notable is that higher facility-level hospice penetration not only reduces the risk for hospice-enrolled residents but also for non-hospice residents.
According to a new study published by The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA), of the nearly 14,000 facilities included in the study, an estimated 38% of non-hospice residents and 23% of hospice residents were hospitalized in the last 30 days of life. For every 10% increase in hospice penetration at a facility, the risk of hospitalization decreases 5.1% for non-hospice residents and 4.8% for hospice-enrolled residents, findings showed. The study focused on long-stay nursing home residents who died between 2005 and 2007 drawing on data from Medicare inpatient and hospice claims.
The JAMDA study concludes these findings “shed light” on the benefits of collaboration between nursing homes and hospice providers. To learn more about how hospice benefits nursing home facilities, residents, and families visit ExcellenceInHospice.com or give us a call at (678) 328.1700.