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 When possible, asking patients and families about wishes regarding place of care at the end of life ahead of time allows plans and preparations to be made. Many patients wish to die outside of hospital in their homes. Good community palliative care teams can usually make this possible, although it is not uncommon for relatives to change their mind in the last few days of life due to the pressure and stress of caring for a bed-bound difficult to rouse family member. It is ideal for a palliative care inpatient unit to have capacity to admit dying patients at any time for such situations but not all hospices are able to provide this level of responsiveness. As in other specialties,​ local knowledge of what services are available is key. When possible, asking patients and families about wishes regarding place of care at the end of life ahead of time allows plans and preparations to be made. Many patients wish to die outside of hospital in their homes. Good community palliative care teams can usually make this possible, although it is not uncommon for relatives to change their mind in the last few days of life due to the pressure and stress of caring for a bed-bound difficult to rouse family member. It is ideal for a palliative care inpatient unit to have capacity to admit dying patients at any time for such situations but not all hospices are able to provide this level of responsiveness. As in other specialties,​ local knowledge of what services are available is key.
  
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