Former President Jimmy Carter Enters Hospice Care

Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter receive the 2017 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.

By Published on February 19, 2023

Former President Jimmy Carter has decided to enter into hospice care at home after a series of brief hospital visits, the Carter Center announced Saturday.

“After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” the Carter Center said in a statement about the 98-year-old former president’s health. “He has the full support of his family and his medical team.”

Hospice care is provided for people facing terminal illness who are expected to have six months or less to live and focuses on quality of life and reducing pain while attending to the patient’s needs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Carter has suffered from multiple health complication in recent years, including a brain bleed in November 2019 that required surgery, a urinary tract infection in December 2019, multiple falls in 2019 along with a bout of cancer in 2015.

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The last former president to pass away was former President George H. W. Bush, who died in 2018.

“The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers,” the Carter Center said.

 

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