Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 2014. Photo from LBJ Library

News of former President Jimmy Carter’s health brings new awareness about hospice care.

As former President Carter enters hospice care, it brings renewed focus to hospice, and the role it plays in a good death.

Former President Carter’s health brings awareness about hospice

WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, NY)

Discussing death and end of life can be and often is a tough topic for a patient and their families. “Nobody can avoid it. Nobody can ignore it. Nobody can buy their way out of it,” said Kelley Clem. “And so many people come to us in the last few days or weeks and our length of stays are much shorter than we would love to see because we know how much we can contribute to that transition.” … Hospice Buffalo CEO Dr. Christopher Kerr said “the role of medicines usually is overstated. Nature takes care of this far more than people imagine. There’s a role for medications, but not to the degree or not in the amount that people fear. Our role is not to hasten death. What we’re trying to do is actually maintain quality of life for as long as we can so people are engaged and can communicate and relate to their loved ones.” He said hospice gives the intensity of services that matches the intensity of need.

Understanding hospice care, end of life care options

WWLP-TV (Springfield, MA)

What is hospice care? Here’s what it means in light of former President Jimmy Carter’s status

WBAL-TV (Baltimore, MD)

What it means to enter hospice care as Jimmy Carter elects to stop medical treatment

WABC-TV (New York, NY)

President Jimmy Carter in home hospice care—What is hospice, how does it work, and who qualifies?

WAGA-TV/FOX News (Atlanta, GA)

Experts shine a light on common hospice care misconceptions

WWAY-TV (Cape Fear, NC)

Carter puts hospice care in the national conversation

WZDX-TV (Huntsville, AL)

Jimmy Carter’s hospice care entrance sheds light on the industry

WDAF-TV (Kansas City, MO)

Jimmy Carter has opted for home hospice care. Here’s what that means.

Yahoo! News

Hospice of Southern WV reacts to Carter’s hospice care admission

Metro News (Charleston, WV)

How hospice helps patients and families navigate end-of-life care

Washington Post

BBH is honored to be connected with President Carter and his wife as a partner with the Rosalynn Carter Caregiver Institute through Dealing with Dementia.  Our thoughts and prayers and with their family at this time.