There are two ways to better ensure this doesn’t happen to you. The first is to name a health care proxy – a person (or more than one person) who will make medical decisions for you when you can’t. The second strategy, one for patients who are already seriously ill, is an alternative to the advance directive that has emerged in recent years and has been implemented or is being developed in some 40 states: the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Read to find out more.
Many adult children are finding themselves advocating for a parent or parent(s) during the transition from needing care to end-of-life care. Caring for a parent or loved one at the end of life can come calmly if you’ve planned for it. Going through the process of deciding on the best possible care often leads to added stress and confusion, especially if your family is already in a difficult situation. However, coping with the onset of loss will greatly be relieved by having already had the conversations with family members and the communication was put in place.