- Studies have shown that approximately 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home, if possible.
- Despite this, 60% of Americans die in acute care hospitals, 20% in nursing homes and only 20% at home.
- A minority of dying patients use hospice care and even those patients are often referred to hospice only in the last 3-4 weeks of life.
- However, not every patient will want to die at home. Dying at home is not favored in certain cultures (due to cultural taboos) and some patients may wish not to die at home, out of concern that they might be a burden on the family.
Still, it is clear that fewer patients are dying at home than want to do so.