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The Importance of Considering End-of-Life Care before the End

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Jan 20, 2017

The Importance of Considering End-of-Life Care before the End

No one wants to think about the end. No one receives joy from discussing the possibility of getting sick or dying. However, it's an inevitability for all of us. Whether you know you have a terminal illness or you only want to prepare ahead of time, you need to think about your end-of-life care. What happens if you do get sick? What happens if you can no longer remain in your home? As challenging and painful as it is, you must ask yourself these questions. You must talk them over with your loved ones, as well, especially if will help with your care.

Make a Plan with Your Family

Gather the people you live with—your spouse, your children, your parents, or friends and roommates—and prepare them for this talk. It's just as hard to hear as it is to discuss, but all of you need to get through it. Together, you can formulate a plan or at least a rough draft of what's to come. Remember, things can change. For that reason, it doesn't hurt to make a Plan B, as well. For instance, you might want to stay home as long as possible and only enter hospice care when you have to, but if things go downhill quickly, you need a backup.

Find Out What You Need

For example, if you want to remain at home as long as possible, you may need to have a nurse visit. How many times a week will you need a nurse? What does he or she need to do? Can your spouse or other family members receive training to fulfill your needs? It's not uncommon for the family members of terminal patients to learn how to administer pain medication or to give injections.

Look at Different Facilities

It's an excellent idea to look into different hospice facilities before you ever need their services. You can discover what they offer, how the patients fare, and what happens when a patient reaches the end of his or her journey. During your tours, you may also discover in-home nurses or grief counselors who can assist you further.

Beyond all this, you should also make burial arrangements, no matter what your age or your health. Being prepared for this difficult time can ease the burden when the time arrives.