Facing the Growing Demand for Hospice
The hospice industry in the U.S. is seeing an increased demand for services. Before the pandemic, the industry was faced with an adult population that was growing older.
Vickie Jingle, CEO of Community Healthcare of Texas, said the hospice organization has seen 5% growth year after year in the demand of patients seeking at-home care. Restrictions around COVID-19 have also fueled more interest in hospice.
For Community Healthcare of Texas patient Karl Travis, it has now been nearly two years since he started hospice care, which is unusually long for someone to be in hospice. The former pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth said everyone is different, but he believes hospice was the best thing for him and his family. “There are worse things than death,” Travis said. “Hospice lets people die with dignity.”
Read the full Fort Worth Star Telegram article here.