Plan Ahead While The Choice Is Still Yours

Elderly woman sitting in the garden with home health care nurse and consulting. Middle age caregiver holding in hand digital tablet and giving advice to her patient.

Sharing your wishes for end-of-life care can bring you closer to those you love. It’s critically important considering these facts:

Ninety percent of people say that talking with their family about end-of-life care is important, when only twenty seven percent have actually done so. Eighty two percent of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing-only twenty three percent have. Eighty percent of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk with their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of life. Only seven percent have talked with their physician. Talking matters and all it takes is one conversation to make a significant difference.

Planning ahead is key. If you or a loved-one have a terminal illness, or are approaching the end of life, start making plans for your future care today. Advance care planning encompasses thinking and talking about your wishes for how you want to be cared for in the final months of your life. Most people usually finalize advance planning because they have a condition that is expected to get worse, which may mean they will not be able to make or communicate their decisions in the future. Anyone can plan for their future care, whether they are approaching the end of life or not. Staying ahead of a disease progression lets you or a loved-one communicate your wishes and feelings while you’re still able to.

Good end of life care is tailored to the person in need. You and the people close to you should be at the center of decisions involving your care. Hospice services are a good option for those who want to remain at home. It is compassionate care that focuses on comfort. Hospice celebrates life and allows patients and families to make the most of every day while on their hospice journey. There is no set way to planning ahead, but starting a conversation with your family, loved-ones, and physician can be a great place to start.

For more information on CompassionCare or hospice, call us today.

 

Sources: The Conversation Project National Survey (2013). Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012).