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Hospice can be provided to long-stay residents within the nursing facility if a physician has determined the resident likely has six months or less to live. Nursing facilities employ full-time clinicians or medical staff. Residents may be temporary, in “rehab” as they prepare to return to their residential home, or they may be chronically ill and require 24-hour care/support. Nursing facility residents are either short-stay (100 days or fewer) or long-stay (101 days or more), depending upon the number of days they have resided in the facility (VITAS Healthcare, 1978).

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