We know it can be difficult to talk about end of life care planning but having the discussing can give peace of mind to you, your senior, and your family. Although it’s a heavy topic to discuss, planning out end of life care options now allows your senior’s wishes to be honored if they become unable to communicate their desires in the future. End of life care planning is a necessary part of ensuring both your senior’s satisfaction and dignity.
Talk About It
Perhaps the hardest step to get end of life care planning started is having the discussion with your senior. Maybe it’s because we do not like thinking about death or dying. But it is necessary to talk about it at an early time to avoid any issues that can arise down the road, especially if your senior is unable to communicate at that time. When this time does approach, you and your family can spend quality time with your senior without having the burden of planning on your mind.
Put Everything in Writing
Living wills and advanced directives will help to put the conversations with your senior into writing and make the difficult healthcare choices that may lie ahead. Advanced directives are established to tell healthcare providers the care your senior desires – even if they are unable to communicate it for themselves. Living wills are a part of an advanced directive that define your senior’s wishes about which medical treatments they do and do not want. These conversations will express your seniors wishes and work to greatly improve the quality of their end of life care.
Whether it is because we don not like thinking about death or we feel that we may be immune to it, it can be easy to procrastinate having these conversations. In fact, in North America, 54% of seniors have put off planning because they were in good health, and another 48% said they trust their family members to handle any arrangements. But don’t wait too long! If you begin talking and planning now, both family members and caregivers have more time to effectively organize the end of life care that your senior wants and deserves.
Home Care Assistance understands that planning for end of life care can be difficult to think and talk about. If you or your family needs assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.