Talk about ‘What if' scenarios with your family.
Family Medical Advocate, Florida
Assisted Living Services, Palliative Care, Elder Care Services
Wow! It’s been a while! I am still busy practising at the hospital, learning and observing. One of my goals each day I work is to chat with the family of my patient and understand what they and their family member really wants. Often I am dealing with elderly patients. I know we all think we’ll live forever, but like a machine after many years, we wear out. Even though we have many tools we can use to help people get better, or get ‘over the hump’ of surgery, sometimes it is just too much for us.
So what should the considerations be then? First and foremost, there should be little or no pain and suffering. Problem is, we cannot often talk with those that are seriously ill. They can’t tell us they are in pain. So that’s all the more reason why we should think it through and consider the reality of the situation. This is where an expert Advocate comes in. This is where we should talk about end of life comfort, or the possibility of recovery. Frank discussions of medical possibilities, or none is paramount here. So talk about ‘What if” scenarios with your family. It is difficult, but important. Would you want to be in pain, unable to recover but unable to tell anyone?
I’m also delighted to mention I have been invited to speak at the World Conference on Nursing in Dubai this month!
Assisted Living Services
, Elder Care Services
, Palliative Care