Imagine being able to receive fully integrated medical, social, and spiritual care in your own home. Nursing care is available 24/7. Home health aides provide basic personal assistance. Care is person-centered and focused on the specific needs of each patient. And for people with incurable chronic conditions, it focuses on managing symptoms, including pain, thus vastly improving their quality of life.
Such a model exists. There is just one catch: You need to be dying to get it. Not dying in the sense that you really want it. Dying in the sense of, well, dying. The model is hospice. Done well, it is close to the ideal system of care. Medicare even pays for it. But it doesn’t want too many people to use it.