Hospice care becoming option-of-choice

January 31, 2011 4:52:18 AM PST
Nearly two out of every five people who died in the U.S. in 2008 were under the care of a hospice program at the time of their death, according to the National Hospice Group.

Experts say it's become more popular because it's more cost effective and can give back some control to the patient.

Hospice is also known for its compassionate focus on treating pain and helping both the dying person and the person's family prepare for what lies ahead.