Jimmy Carter has ‘decided to spend the rest of his time at home with family’ (Image: Reuters)

Former US President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized.

The Carter Center confirmed the news tonight.

In a tweet, the charity wrote that Carter, 98, “has decided to spend the remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care rather than additional medical intervention.”

It came after the former president had a series of short hospital stays.

The Carter Center, founded by the former president, added that he has the full support of his medical team and family, who “are asking for privacy at this time and are grateful for the concerns of his many admirers.”

Carter, a Democrat, became the 39th president of the United States when he defeated former President Gerald Ford in 1976.

He served a single term and was defeated in 1980 by Republican Ronald Reagan.

The former president previously battled melanoma in 2015.

Mr Carter had told reporters he was “perfectly comfortable with what’s to come,” according to Inside Edition.

The cancer had spread to his brain, but he underwent radiation and later announced that he was cancer-free for the December 2015 Sunday School class he teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church.

At a press conference, Mr. Carter later said, “I’ve had a great life. I’ve had thousands of friends, I’ve had an exciting, adventurous and fulfilling existence.”