Hospice services arose out of a movement that focuses on improving the quality of life rather than devoting all of the time towards curing conditions. The notion that one should enjoy his or her last days instead of going through extraordinary measures to preserve life is a central idea of the organizations.
The average time spent in a hospice is 65 days, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The amount of patients that have enlisted these services has risen sharply in the past several years, as 56 more patients than six years ago have received hospice care in Florida, statistics from the Agency for Health Care Administration showed.
Advertised as the first movement toward people taking control of their own healthcare, local leaders are trying to spread their message to minority groups, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Research published by the American Geriatrics Society showed that black senior citizens are 60 percent less likely than whites to have signed a living will, showing their hesitance for a hospice type of environment, reported the news source.