Things to Consider About End of Life Medical Care
Clearly laying out the choices you have made about your end of life care gives you – and your loved ones – a way to effectively participate in medical decisions. Advance care planning involves reflection, discussion and communication before treatment take place. Our Medical Care Section will guide you through this process and toward control over your medical care. This can bring a measure of calm and certainty to yourself and the people who love you. No matter how well people know you, your desires for end of life care may not be clear. When you make choices ahead of time, put them in writing, and communicate them to your family, loved ones and providers you give them the gift of not having to make difficult, uninformed decisions on your behalf.
“90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important. 27% have actually done so.”
The Conversation Project National Survey (2013)
- The chances are 9 times greater to experience prolonged grief if a loved one dies in ICU vs hospice
- The chances are 5 times greater to experience prolonged PTSD if a loved one dies in ICU vs. hospice
The California Healthcare Foundation
How Final Roadmap Will Help You Prepare
Communicate Your Wishes for Preservation of Life
Designate a Healthcare Surrogate to Carry Out Your Wishes
Ensure That Your Advance Directives are in Place
Address Hospice and Comfort Care
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