May 26, 2017
By Jane Brown
One in four Alzheimer’s deaths in the U-S are now happening at home — a dramatic increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Alzheimer’s deaths in hospitals and nursing homes or other long-term care facilities shrank from more than 80 per cent to 60 per cent over 15 years. And those dying at home rose from 14 per cent to 25 per cent.
Experts say one possible explanation for the shift from hospitals is patient preference, as people losing their memories might find comfort in familiar surroundings.
Alzheimer’s disease is most common in the elderly, and in the final stages of the disease, people have trouble eating and carrying on a conversation, and often need around-the-clock personal care.
(The Associated Press)