Traditional hospice criteria require patients to have a primary caregiver -- someone that lives with the patient and attends to his or her daily needs. As a result, access to hospice services has been routinely denied to otherwise qualified people simply because they live alone. Approximately one-third of people over age 65 live alone.
The Living Alone Program from Penn Wissahickon Hospice makes it possible for people to maintain their independence while receiving hospice services. The Living Alone Program started in 1989. The program has served as a role model for numerous other programs throughout the country.
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