Study: Hospice care can extend patients’ lives

DOROTHY EDWARDS, right, a nursing home resident and longtime Hope & Hospice Care of Rhode Island patient, sits with her nurse and case manager, Linda Tolmie. /
DOROTHY EDWARDS, right, a nursing home resident and longtime Hope & Hospice Care of Rhode Island patient, sits with her nurse and case manager, Linda Tolmie. /
In another era, death was a family affair. The sick lay in their beds at home, surrounded by relatives, maybe some close friends and a clergyman. There was no sanitizer smell, no hum of medical equipment. It was ordinary life, ending. Then doctors got really good at saving lives, and Americans got used to taking…

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