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Including Your Parent's Doctor in Their End-of-Life Plans

By Ketan Shah

Discussing end-of-life plans can be intimidating, but it is an important step in helping your senior to feel respected, heard, acknowledged, and confident as they move forward in their life. By knowing that they have these plans in place, your senior can feel more secure in the thought that you won't be burdened by difficult decisions later, and that their wishes and beliefs will be honored and respected when the time comes for these measures to be put into place.

As you are discussing your parent's end-of-life plans, it is important that you take the time to have a discussion, or several, with their doctor. Including their doctor and the rest of their medical team in these decisions and plans ensures that everyone understands your parent's wishes, and that you can all work together to make sure that the plans that your parent puts into place are the right ones for them, and that they are honored as the time comes.

Some things to discuss with your parent's doctor about their end-of-life plans include:

  • How your parent defines quality of life
  • Measures that your parent specifically does not want taken
  • Plans your parent's doctor has for managing and controlling pain as your parent reaches this stage in their life
  • If the doctor is comfortable with the wishes that your parent has recorded and willing to go through with them when the time comes
  • If there are alternatives to the interventions that the doctor has planned and if they would be right for your parent
  • If the doctor is comfortable preparing a medical order for your parent to fill out a DNR form if this is something that your parent wishes to do
  • How the doctor can continue to be involved in your parent's care and support if they are going to be in hospice care during the last stage

If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent's quality of life and ensure that they are getting everything that they need as they age in place, starting elderly care for them may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that works for them. This means that they will have access to ongoing care, support, and assistance, but you can continue to give them all of the care that you are able and willing to give them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will help your parent to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations while also encouraging them to maintain a lifestyle that is as healthy, independent, safe, comfortable, active, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years. These services can be particularly valuable if your senior is living with health issues and challenges, such as Alzheimer's disease, that require care and assistance on a regular basis.

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