Jimmy Carter began receiving palliative care at home. This was reported by his foundation according to American media reports. The charity created by the 98-year-old former president said that, after a series of brief hospital stays, Carter "decided to spend the time he has left at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of further medical interventions." The Carter Center also said the family is grateful for the closeness of its many admirers and asks for respect for privacy at this time.

The 39th president of the United States, a Democrat, he was elected in 1976 after defeating Gerald Ford in 1976. He ran again in 1980 and was defeated by Ronald Reagan.

Carter celebrated his most recent birthday in October with family and friends in Plains, the small Georgia town where he and his wife, Rosalynn, were born in the years between World War I and the Great Depression.