Have the Hospice Conversation
Clients often say the quality of life is more important than how long they’ll live. When someone begins to ask clients about their goals and priorities, those clients are less likely to receive the medical treatment they don’t want. An ideal tool for sharing end-of-life goals is through advance directive documents.
Advance Care Planning
Most of us have ideas about the kinds of care we’d want when dealing with a serious illness. Having our wishes respected is especially important if we were unable to speak for ourselves.
Completing an advance directive document, sometimes called a living will, is just one part of planning end-of-life care. Sharing your thoughts with family—before, during and after the legal paperwork—is a critical step to reaching a shared understanding about how you want to live your life. Call us at 316-854-3535 for help with Advance Directive.
The Conversation Project has a starter kit at https://theconversationproject.org/ to help families talk openly about care preferences before a medical crisis happens. It includes guides for choosing a health care proxy and completing an advance directive.
It’s OK to start slowly. Sometimes small talk leads to important conversations. A Conversation Project survey showed that a lot of family members would be relieved if a loved one started the end-of-life conversation.
Choose a Healthcare Proxy
A healthcare proxy, also called healthcare power of attorney or medical power of attorney, is a person you choose to make health care decisions if you’re unable to make them for yourself. Each state has its own healthcare proxy forms and instructions. Most advance directive forms also include your health proxy preferences. You do not need a lawyer to complete a medical POA but may need the signature of a witness. Call us at 316-854-3535 for help with Advance Directive.
Informed End-Of-Life Care Decisions
- Fully understanding your medical condition and potential complications.
- Talk with your doctor and family members about your wishes for care, should you be unable to speak for yourself.
- Understanding life-sustaining emergency treatments, including the benefits and risks with CPR, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding.
- Goals for treatment (comfort care, trial treatments, full intervention) or any associated fears and worries.
- Send documents to your primary care doctor to add them to your medical record.
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