Even though the vast majority of Danes say they would like to spend their final hours in their own home or in a hospice, only about 50 percent actually do so.
But, while people’s final wishes are, by and large, not being heard, what some specialists in the field suggest is that what the elderly want is not to die at home, but in a homely surrounding.
Birgit Bülow, who operates a hospice on the island of Lolland, suggested that better nursing home care would improve how comfortable residents felt spending their final days there.
Others suggested that improved palliative care could help people remain in their own home until they passed away.
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