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Advance Care Planning for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: Clinical Issues

Year Developed: 2016

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Enabling Staff

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This literature review sheds light on current aging, disease, and mortality trends of people without homes while exploring their concerns about death and preferences for advanced care. It also explores implications for policy and practice to better meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Resource Details: The rising number of older adults without homes and the high rates of disease and mortality they experience highlight the growing need for advance care planning (ACP) for this population, given ACP’s potential to prevent unnecessary suffering and support individuals’ preferences for palliative and end-of-life care. This literature review sheds light on current aging, disease, and mortality trends of people without homes while exploring their concerns about death and preferences for advanced care. It also explores implications for policy and practice to better meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.