Receiving care at home at end of life: characteristics of patients receiving Hospice at Home care

Freya Tyrer, Catherine Exley
2005 Family Practice  
Results. In 2003, 155 people received the HAH service. Most patients (83%) were over the age of 60 and had a cancer diagnosis (92%). Almost one-third of patients waited for 2 days or longer to receive care from the HAH scheme. These patients were around three times as likely to be in an inpatient hospice (RR = 3.27; 95% CI = 1.19-8.95) or an acute hospital (RR = 2.85; 95% CI = 1.33-6.09) when they were referred. The median length of service use was 4 days. Conclusions. The HAH service enabled
more » ... H service enabled people to die at home in the last days of life. Given the aging population, we would expect the demand for such services to further increase. Shortcomings identified included delay in receiving care for people moving to home from hospices and acute hospitals.
doi:10.1093/fampra/cmi071 pmid:16055465 fatcat:bbuvsh4qxfdtngpxrpbe6aqvwe