The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 29, 2013

Our View: Nicollet County gains Smithsonian


Dying at home on the rise

Thumbs up

To, uh, dying at home.

OK, it may be tough to give a thumbs-up about death, but we all do care about how and where we will someday die.

Most people would rather die at home than in a hospital or nursing home.    

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows more people are getting their wish.

The research shows hospital deaths accounted for 29 percent of U.S. deaths in 2010, down from more than 32 percent in 2000.

Reports indicate deaths in the home grew from 23 percent to 27 percent.

The growing availability of hospice care, where people can more comfortably spend their final time at home, is the likely factor.

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