Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia Often Face ‘Distressing’ Transfers, MDs Find

August 19, 2019

(CBC) – If everyone was more aware of dementia, it could improve comfort in a loved one’s dying days, say Canadian geriatricians who found distressing medical procedures were common among nursing home residents, especially men. The geriatric researchers published a study Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open on 27,000 nursing home residents in Ontario with advanced dementia who died. They focused on differences between men and women in receiving “burdensome interventions” in the last month of life. These included transfers to an emergency department to be mechanically ventilated and other invasive treatments.