When it comes to approaching the end of your life, there are many different healthcare decisions that need to be made in collaboration with family, the patient, and their physicians. During these important conversations, it is crucial that everyone respects the wishes of the patient, even if they are no longer able to communicate them.
Let’s take a look at how you can properly accommodate patient decisions in end-of-life care.
Understand Your Role as a Caregiver
Caregivers honestly play one of the most essential roles in patient care as they near the end of their life. They put on a number of different hats, provide combination care, help with financial support, and even nurture the emotions of their patient. If your patient is no longer able to communicate their wishes, there are many ways you can help them.
You can offer to weigh up the pros and cons, consider all of the expectations, and even assist them when it comes to navigating the healthcare system. You could also encourage your patient to speak to a therapist, counselor, spiritual guide, or social worker about their options and goals.
If you disagree with any of the decisions your patient chooses, it is important to remember that this is not your decision to make. If they ask for your opinion, you can offer your opinion lightly, but don’t upset your patient. It is important to support them no matter what.
Documents That Can Help Honor Wishes
All adults, no matter their health or age, need to have a plan in place in case of serious illness or accidents. This plan may change over time. However, putting wishes in writing is a great idea for family members.
The tools below can provide them with an understanding of what their loved one’s wishes would be and provides the authority to make them:
- An advance directive or living will
- A financial power of attorney
- A healthcare power of attorney
When it comes down to accommodating your patient’s end-of-life care decisions, it is crucial that family members know what is going on. Get in touch with Lucky Palliative Services today to learn more about what we offer.