How End Of Life Care For Elderly Hospice Patients Has Become More Isolated: ‘It’s Just Ripping Us Apart’

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The coronavirus pandemic is putting a strain on hospice care workers who are helping not only elderly patients with COVID-19 but also those with other conditions.

Visits from loved ones are more difficult, if not impossible, and keeping a dying patient comfortable at home can be more challenging.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Dr. Margaret Drickamer, medical director for the University of North Carolina Hospice Care.

Visits from loved ones are more difficult, if not impossible, and keeping a dying patient comfortable at home can be more challenging. (J Pat Carter/AP)
Visits from loved ones are more difficult, if not impossible, and keeping a dying patient comfortable at home can be more challenging. (J Pat Carter/AP)

The coronavirus pandemic is putting a strain on hospice care workers who are helping not only elderly patients with COVID-19 but also those with other conditions.

Visits from loved ones are more difficult, if not impossible, and keeping a dying patient comfortable at home can be more challenging.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Dr. Margaret Drickamer, medical director for the University of North Carolina Hospice Care.

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