End-of-Life Care Resources
Thinking about our death or the death of a loved one is a difficult topic. However, the reality is that death is inevitable, and preparing for it is essential. When you are faced with addressing end-of-life care, knowing where to turn for the answers your family needs can be overwhelming. This article will address helpful resources for end-of-life care.
Hospice care is a medical treatment for patients whose conditions are unlikely to improve and who are close to the end of their lives.
In hospice care, your family member will have a team of medical professionals surrounding them during a difficult time. Your loved one may receive medications to reduce pain, periodic visits to the patient by a care team, and respite for family members and caretakers.
To learn more about the availability of hospice care and how to get connected to resources in your area, visit the Hospice Foundation of America online.
In addition to making your loved one as comfortable as possible, you should always ensure their legal interests are protected, too. If you have a loved one with a terminal illness, it may be wise to have them complete their estate planning if they have not already done so.
For guidance in getting these important legal documents done, consult with a qualified attorney.
Last Will and Testament
This document aims to set up how your affairs will be handled after your death. A loved one diagnosed with a terminal disease or who is elderly should have a valid Last Will and Testament to help the family who is left behind to avoid the stress of dividing their deceased loved one’s assets and property.
A living Will is a document that directs your family about your health care before you lose the capacity to make your own decisions.
The purpose of a living Will is to include your choices regarding emergency care and life-saving medical treatment. Having a living will helps your family avoid the stress and guilt associated with making end-of-life decisions regarding medical care.
Grief Support Groups
It is just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your loved one as their life ends. You may feel alone during this time of grief. Building a support network around yourself will help aid in navigating the grieving process. If you have family members there to support you, take advantage of that.
You can also find support groups filled with people who understand your situation if you don’t have family or close friends. If you are looking for a place to start, visit findhelp.org. You can search for bereavement groups, counseling services, and workshops that fit your needs in your area. Whether you are looking for a group that understands the loss of a parent or spouse, a veterans’ group, or any other unique group of people, know that you are not alone.
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