Researchers Define Best Practices for End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes with Hospice Services

Best practices for end-of-life care in nursing homes

Researchers at Brown Medical School identified, recorded and disseminated collaborative solutions (best practices) for end-of-life care in nursing homes with hospice services. They created a project website with information about the project, resources and guidelines, and bibliographies.

Key Findings

  • Researchers identified these key collaborative solutions:

    • Systematic processes facilitate communication among all levels of nursing home and hospice staff.
    • Hospice chief executive officers are well versed in nursing home regulatory and care environments, are skilled leaders, and convey a consistent vision for hospice nursing home care.
    • Nursing homes share their care expectations with their hospice partners and provide feedback to hospices.