Community Education Nurse, Julie McIntosh with CompassionCare Hospice, met with some of the residents this week at Decatur Pines Senior Apartments to discuss some important topics.
Living Wills & Advanced Directives.
Living wills and advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your wishes for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives help guide other family members, caregivers, and physicians should you become terminally ill, seriously injured, or nearing end of life. It is important to make your preferences known and to plan ahead! This can avoid unnecessary suffering and give loved ones and/or caregivers piece of mind with important decision-making moments in a difficult time. You also help clarify confusion or any question about the choices you would want people to make on your behalf.
Regarding living wills, individuals should address a number of possible end-of-life care decisions that could arise, such as, comfort care (hospice/palliative care), resuscitation, tube feedings, dialysis, ventilation. Designating a person your health care power of attorney is a type of advance directive. here you name a person to make healthcare decisions for you should you become incapacitated. Choosing this person is very important, you should be sure they will follow your wishes when it comes time to make difficult decisions.
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