What is hospice care? As Rosalynn Carter starts hospice, an expert explains this type of care


Rosalynn Carter, who is 96, announced on Friday that she has entered hospice care at her home in Georgia. 

The former first lady and former President Jimmy Carter, 99, are now spending time with each other and their family while both are in hospice care together.

The president, back in February, entered hospice care at his home rather than seek additional medical attention after a series of short hospital stays, according to a statement from the Carter Center.


What is hospice care — and what does this mean for the Carters and anyone else who has begun this type of care?

“Hospice is health care for people who are dying,” Dr. Harold Braswell, associate professor of Health Care Ethics at St. Louis University and author of several books related to end-of-life issues, told Fox News Digital via email on Friday.

A person becomes eligible for hospice, he said, after the diagnosis of a condition with a prognosis of “six months or less to live.” 

“This care is interdisciplinary, and includes medical, psychosocial and spiritual elements,

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