People with dementia more likely to die at home than a facility

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People with dementia more likely to die at home than a facility
People with dementia more likely to die at home than a facility

Most people with dementia don't die in nursing homes after all. In fact, they are more likely to spend their final days at home, a new study finds.

Investigators from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute studied 1,500 elderly adults with dementia as they transitioned through various care settings. While about three quarters (74%) of the dementia patients were placed in nursing homes after a hospitalization, they did not stay there. In fact, only 19% died in facilities, compared to 46% who died at home.

Lead researcher Christopher Callahan, M.D., said this finding runs counter to a common belief that such residents typically die in facilities. He added that “a better understanding of the relationships between sites of care for older adults with dementia is fundamental to building better models of care for these vulnerable elders."

Full findings were published Friday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.