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Staying put

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:969
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    She had had what is known in the trade as a “fair innings.” It was 15 years since my predecessor first raised the suggestion that she would be more comfortable in a residential home. She had resisted. Long before it became a standard package option for octogenarians, she had negotiated with a mortgage company to release her assets, and paid for home adaptations and a long string of live-in helpers. Today, she was dying—in a triumphant sort …

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