Wikis > End-of-life planning: decisions in late-stage care
When caregivers, family members, loved ones & DPOA  are clear about the patient’s preferences for treatment for the end  of life care, they’re free to devote their energy to care & compassion. To ensure that everyone in the family understands the patient’s values & wishes, it’s important for anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness to discuss their feelings with loved ones before a medical crisis strikes.

  • Prepare early. The end-of-life journey is eased considerably when conversations regarding placement, treatment, and end-of-life wishes are held as early as possible with all involved. Consider prepare all involved with hospice and palliative care services, spiritual practices, and memorial traditions before they are needed.
  • Seek financial and legal advice : Legal documents such as a living will, power of attorney DPOA, or advance directive can set forth a patient’s wishes for future health care so family members are all clear about the patient’s preferences.
  • Family conflicts: Stress and grief and death / dying  resulting  from a loved one’s deterioration can often create conflict between family members. If you are unable to agree on living arrangements, medical treatment, or end-of-life directives, then contact hospice team.
  • Communicate : Choose a primary decision maker DPOA   (designated power of attorney) who will manage information and coordinate family involvement and support. Even when families know their loved one’s wishes, implementing decisions for or against sustaining or life-prolonging treatments and other therapies requires communication and coordination.

If children are involved, make an effort to include them. Children need honest, age-appropriate information about your loved one’s condition.