By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on August 26th, 2014
Providing pain and symptom management along with religious, spiritual and emotional support can create the conditions for a good death. In order to do this, a deep knowing of the individual is paramount. But too often in skilled nursing settings, this is not the case.
In fact, a recent survey by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has found that traditional nursing homes were lowest ranked for end of life care experience when compared with home care and hospital settings. The survey is a pilot right now but it will be officially launched by CMS in 2015 in an effort to provide better information to elders and their family members about hospice programs in their area.