The shift away from hosting the terminally ill in their homes to hospitals is due to a variety of factors such as ongoing requirement for care that exceeds the needs of the carers and the lack of suitability of the facility. This places pressure on hospitals to host and service these people.
Sadly, if given the option, most terminally ill patients would prefer the comfort of a house over a hospital.
To address this issue, providing a mobile nursing and mobile carer service to the terminally ill which allowed them to receive daily visits from a nurse who would deliver any pain medications and a carer who would ensure that the patient was kept clean and was fed as required.
This approach would free up the amount of beds available for other patients and would leverage support services that already exist. Community based groups could also be engaged to complement/supplement the carers.