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Long-Term Care: Focus on Nursing Homes 

Long-Term Care: Focus on Nursing Homes
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Long-Term Care: Focus on Nursing Homes
Author(s):

Joan G. Carpenter

and Mary Ersek

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223755.003.0006
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date: 14 October 2019

Elderly people represent the majority of patients affected by many serious and life-threatening illnesses. Population shifts have created an unprecedented demand for new models of palliative care for elderly patients at the end of life. The long-term care or nursing home setting is a vital site for improved care because ever-increasing numbers of elders are cared for here. There are many challenges in geriatric palliative care delivery in long-term care, including the availability of staff trained in palliative care and the management of frail elders with many comorbidities. However, the need for high-quality long-term care is significant. This chapter reviews some advances in long-term care and needs for continued improvement.

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