Talking about how to plan for end of life care can be very difficult – we understand. But doing so will help give peace of mind, not only to you, but to your senior and family too. Even though this is a sensitive topic, talking with your senior to plan out end of life care options is the best way to honor your senior’s wishes when and if a time comes when they are no longer able to communicate their wants and needs. To ensure your senior’s satisfaction and dignity, end of life care planning is an important step to take.
Talk About It
One of the best things you can do to start end of life care planning is to just begin talking about it with your senior. This can be hard sometimes because we naturally do not want to think about death or dying. Yet having these discussions now will help eliminate any issues later on if your senior cannot speak for themselves. If and when this time does approach, you and your family can focus on spending quality time with your senior rather than having the burden of planning weighing you down.
Put Everything in Writing
Having an advanced directive and living will can help to make the difficult healthcare choices that can come with end of life care. Advanced directives give healthcare providers the details regarding the care your senior wants, if they are unable to convey what they want at this time. A living will is just one part of an advanced directive, and it will help define your senior’s wishes about medical treatment and what should or should not be done. Have this conversation with your senior. It will allow them to express their wishes now, which will greatly improve the quality of their end of life care. It is best to consult with a lawyer when setting up an advanced directive.
It is easy to put off the task of end of life care planning because we don’t like to think about death, and sometimes we may feel we are immune. Research even says that 54% of seniors in North America delay planning because they feel they are in good health, and another 48% say they simply trust their family members to handle their arrangements. But don’t wait too long to start planning. By having this conversation now, both family members and caregivers (for seniors who receive in home care) will be able to organize end of life care more effectively.
We understand that end of life care is hard to talk about. If Home Care Assistance can help you or your family in any way, please call us for a consultation.