More people are getting to die at home rather than in hospitals

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More patients get to die in their own homes than before, and Fransiskushjelpen aid expects the number will only increase.

For 40 years, the non-profit Catholic foundation has run a so-called home hospice for dying patients in Oslo.

“This year, we have seen a sharp increase in patients dying at home,” says Saskia Berdahl, administrator at Fransiskushjelpen.

So far this year, 73 of the Fransiskushjelpen patients have died in their own homes, an increase of 28 per cent from last year. The figure is likely to increase further before the year is over, the foundation estimates.

Berdahl believes there are several reasons why more people die at home at their own discretion. Public Health Minister Sylvi Listhaug (FrP/Progress Party) wants more people to have the opportunity, instead of dying in hospital. According to Berdahl, the competence of the home-based services in the municipality has increased, while at the same time several people express a desire to die at home.

“We know there is a wave of aging. We will probably continue to experience an increase in home mortality,” Berdahl said in a press release.

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