Most SNF Residents Eligible for Palliative Care Don’t Receive It

Palliative care is specialized medical care for individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious illness, with the goal of providing them with a better quality of life. According to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF), almost 70% of nursing home residents are eligible for palliative care, but do not receive the support necessary to meet their needs and improve their quality of life. UCSF studied 228 residents of three northern California nursing homes for five months in 2015. The study results indicated that 157 residents (68.8%) were eligible for palliative care, but none were receiving it, and only two of those individuals were receiving hospice care. Of those 157 residents, 47% were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and almost half of these individuals had a hospital readmission during the past year. Advocates in the industry cite this study as the first prospective evaluation of the palliative care needs of nursing home residents.

The concern for the lack of palliative care available in nursing homes continues to grow, as experts estimate that 40% of all U.S deaths will occur in nursing homes by 2030. A sub-study also revealed that of 17 nursing home residents who were eligible for palliative care, almost 53% rated their quality of life as fair to very poor. This substantiates the common views of nursing home care as having poor symptom control, low family satisfaction, and burdensome, unnecessary transitions during residents’ final months of life.

The lawyers of Boller & Vaughan know the devastation that can occur when residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities do not receive the care to which they are entitled, including palliative care. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and the experience to help you through any type of elder abuse or neglect claim, particularly when injury results from a wholly preventable issue. No matter what type of nursing home facility abuse or neglect is at issue in your case, we can help. All too often, residents and their families are reluctant to demand justice for situations that occurred in the resident’s care. In this situation, you can count on your Madison elderly abuse attorneys to guide you through every step of the personal injury claims process.


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