By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With over 90 million Americans suffering from serious long-term or chronic illnesses, palliative and hospice care services are bound to play an ever-increasing role in the modern healthcare system.
It is projected that by year 2029, there will be more than 70 million Americans age 65 or older. As our baby boom generation continues to age, the influx of elderly patients will pose a significant challenge for our healthcare system.
Currently, traditional hospitals are not well equipped to provide quality care for those in the final stages of their life. Most hospitals lack the necessary guidelines and training to meet the unique emotional and spiritual needs of the dying.
This is why, along with expanding the existing network of palliative and hospice care centers in the coming years, more specialized training should be provided to strengthen the end-of-life care capabilities of hospitals worldwide.
The new healthcare approach will put a greater emphasis on patients’ physical, social and emotional needs, along with extended support services for their family members. The current perception and awareness about palliative and hospice care is already changing.
As we move forward, the role of dedicated palliative and hospice care centers in the overall patient care experience will continue to increase. What we do now will pave the way for the future of a more efficient, personalized and consumer-centric, healthcare.
About the Author
A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.