Because of the long list of options there are for seniors, end-of-life care no longer primarily happens at home. Approximately 25 percent of all U.S. deaths occur in a long-term care setting and this number is expected to grow. Up to 20 percent of all deaths in the U.S. occur in the hospital ICU or shortly after an ICU stay according to an online article with Petoskey News.
That is why it is so important to make your end-of-life decisions known. If your wishes are to die at home – your family, loved-ones, and physician should be aware. As a society we are learning more about the importance of advanced healthcare planning and how it can ease the burdens on our family by stating what we want for ourselves should a crisis occur. We as individuals can have a say in the care we are willing to accept or not. Planning ahead allows us to have control of our own wants and wishes.
Today, many are diagnosed early on with life-limiting illnesses or diagnosis that can require aggressive treatments. But what if someone gets to a point where they do not want to continue? What if they are tired of the treatments, hospitalizations, or maybe nothing is working? There are other options to consider, like hospice, which is centered on palliative care. Utilizing hospice care has many benefits, it not only focuses on pain and symptom management (physically) but also emotional and spiritual needs as well. Hospice also offers family and caregivers’ vital support and education. A person under hospice care can remain in their familiar surroundings, home. A core group of professionals-nurses, social workers, therapists, and physicians who make up the hospice team, are available on a 24 hour basis to meet the needs of each patient. If you or a loved-one are faced with end-of-life care decisions, you don’t have to go at it alone. Hospice can help.
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