Home visits to frail elderly can save money and angst – CMAJ

When an elderly woman in British Columbia suffering with terminal multiple myeloma and pneumonia suddenly began struggling to breathe, her physician knew the end was near.

“She was dying a choking painful death,” recalled Dr. Ted Rosenberg, a Victoria-based specialist in community medicine with a focus in geriatrics. “I knew this [palliative patient] did not want to go to hospital — she made that very clear — so I came to see her in her home.”

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