Oregon is best place to age and die

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, relied on Medicare statistics and defined “home” as wherever the person was living at the time of death, including nursing homes.

They showed that Oregon has a relatively high rate of hospice use – 42 percent. That compares with 31 percent in Washington state and 17 percent in the rest of the country.

The study also found that Oregon tends to have less intrusive end-of-life care than elsewhere.

In the last month of life, for instance, 18 percent of Oregonians spend at least some time in intensive care units, compared with 23 percent in Washington and 29 percent in the rest of the country.


Author: connie dello buono

Health educator, author and enterpreneur motherhealth@gmail.com or conniedbuono@gmail.com ; cell 408-854-1883 Helping families in the bay area by providing compassionate and live-in caregivers for homebound bay area seniors. Blogs at www.clubalthea.com Developing a new site, www.avatarcare.net , for early cancer detection using genetics tests, telemedicine with electronic appointment scheduling with doctors, video chat with doctors, matching care providers with health consumers and a health concierge for all to reduce chronic care cost, find cancer cure and coordinate health care using predictive medicine and participatory.

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