Approximately 51.9% of those terminally ill individuals referred to hospice care came from a hospital setting. The next highest referrals came from the community (about 21.9%), nursing homes (17.4%), and assisted living (8.8%). More Individuals referred to hospice care from hospitals had a hospice length of stay less than 7 days. For hospitals, this figure was about 55.6%, compared with those referred from nursing homes (30.3%), the community (28.9%), or assisted living (18.7%). Hospice care refers to treatments whose goal is to maximize comfort and quality of life, as opposed to prolonging . . .