Preparing for the end of life can be a daunting task many often avoid. With a bit of planning, though, it doesn't need to be that way. From planning your last few days to taking care of your finances, you can help ease the stress off of you and your loved ones so that you can spend the rest of your days together. When it comes to your options at the end of your life, here’s what you’ll want to know:
As death approaches, there can be many concerns. That's especially true if the person who is in the process of dying cannot make decisions. If the person can communicate wishes, some approaches can ease decision-making:
Verbal: Discuss wishes.
Written: Create an Advanced Directive that spells out wishes.
If the person cannot easily express wishes and no longer possesses the mental clarity to, decisions then fall to loved ones. Even if there has been communication, some things may not have been addressed. That leaves things unclear.
There are a couple of approaches; however, that can be useful:
Substituted judgment: The decision maker figuratively takes the place of the person. The goal is to decide as he or she would.
What would be best/ considers what is best: This may involve talking with doctors and thinking if a particular treatment will both extend the life and offer quality of life.
How much might this extend life?
What quality of life will there be?
What are the person's beliefs and values, and how do they factor in?
What has the person said about how others in similar situations been treated?
It's good to have experts who can help with the transition and give support to the family. We at Olympia Hospice Care provide just that. Contact us today to find out your options for end of life care.
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