# Introduction To End-of-life care

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• 1.

### In the early 20th century, most Americans died:

• A.

In a hospital intensive care unit.

• B.

In a hospice unit.

• C.

At home with family and friends present.

• D.

In a nursing facility.

C. At home with family and friends present.
Explanation
In the early 20th century, most Americans died at home with family and friends present. This was a common practice during that time, as the concept of hospitals and nursing facilities was not as prevalent as it is today. Families would take care of their loved ones during their final moments, providing comfort and support. Hospice units were not widely available either, so the majority of deaths occurred in the familiar and comforting environment of one's own home.

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• 2.

### Today, death from sudden events such as a car accident or gunshot constitute what percentage of all deaths?

• A.

40%

• B.

25%

• C.

Less than 10%

• D.

Between 75 and 80%

C. Less than 10%
Explanation
The correct answer is "Less than 10%". This means that death from sudden events such as car accidents or gunshots make up less than 10% of all deaths. This suggests that the majority of deaths are not caused by sudden events, but rather by other factors such as illness or natural causes.

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• 3.

### According to a recent Gallup Poll, what percentage of Americans want to die at home?

• A.

Less than 10%.

• B.

50%

• C.

30%

• D.

85%

D. 85%
Explanation
According to a recent Gallup Poll, a significant percentage of Americans, specifically 85%, expressed a desire to die at home. This indicates a strong preference among individuals to spend their final moments in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. It also highlights the importance of providing adequate end-of-life care and support to enable individuals to fulfill this wish.

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• 4.

### Where do most Americans die today?

• A.

In the hospital.

• B.

In a nursing home.

• C.

At home.

• D.

At a hospice unit.

A. In the hospital.
Explanation
Most Americans die in the hospital because it is the most common place for end-of-life care. Hospitals have the necessary medical equipment and staff to provide intensive care and treatment. Additionally, hospitals are often chosen by families due to their perception of better medical care and the belief that hospitals can prolong life. However, there is a growing trend towards home-based and hospice care, where individuals can receive comfort and support in familiar surroundings. Nursing homes are also a common place of death for those who require long-term care.

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• 5.

### Which of the following is TRUE about the Medicare Hospice Benefit? a.       b.      It is only for people with cancer. c.       d.

• A.

If the patient is alive after 6 months, he/she cannot have more hospice care.

• B.

It is only for people with cancer.

• C.

If a patient is eligible for hospice, he/she can continue to get hospice services even if longer than 6 months.

• D.

It is only for people over age 65 years old.

C. If a patient is eligible for hospice, he/she can continue to get hospice services even if longer than 6 months.
• 6.

### All of the following are true about care at Capital Hospice EXCEPT:

• A.

Patients must agree not to be resuscitated (i.e. DNR) to be admitted.

• B.

Patients must be eligible for hospice services based on their disease but may not die for many months.

• C.

Most care takes place at the patientâ€™s primary residence.

• D.

Patients are eligible for respite care to give caregivers a break.

A. Patients must agree not to be resuscitated (i.e. DNR) to be admitted.
Explanation
Patients must agree not to be resuscitated (i.e. DNR) to be admitted.

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