Former President Jimmy Carter, now 99, began receiving home hospice care in Plains, Georgia, one year ago.

On February 18, 2023, the Carter Centre announced that Carter chose hospice care and spending his final days at home with his family.  

Hospice care is provided to terminally ill patients, with the main focus on alleviating pain and discomfort as the individual nears the end of life 

Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, appeared in public for the first time after seven months of hospice care. 

The Carter family has not confirmed whether Carter is still in hospice care or has been discharged. 

Concerns about hospice care have been raised among families all over the country as a result of the decision to enter hospice care.  

To add insult to injury, Carter was one of the more than 1.7 million individuals who had registered for hospice care in the year 2021.  

Dr. Lane Mathis Price, former medical director at Albany Community Hospice, emphasized the importance of not waiting until just a few days before death to seek hospice care. 

Hospice provides bereavement support for families for 13 months after their loved one's passing, in addition to caring for the patient.