The New York Times

Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait

Anne Cotton had enjoyed her years at an assisted living facility in Corvallis, Oregon. But at 89, her health problems began to mount: heart failure, weakness from post-polio syndrome, a 30-pound weight loss in a year. “I’m in a wheelchair,” she said. “I’m getting weaker. I’m having trouble breathing.” On Sept. 30, Dr. Helen Kao, her palliative care physician and a medical director at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care, determined that she qualified for hospice services — in which a team of nurses,

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