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The Importance of Talking about End-of-Life Options with Loved Ones

Discussing end-of-life options is not an easy prospect for anyone. It is a very personal and sensitive experience, and it is important you do what is right for you.

However, it is also important that you make your wishes known, so that your family and friends can be there to help you with your preferences as you reach the end of life.

How Do I Discuss My Options with Loved Ones?

Often, discussing your options can be a hard conversation for your friends and family as well as yourself. It might be something that you’re trying to put off for a later date, but letting your loved ones know what you want to discuss ahead of time will be beneficial, so it doesn’t come as a surprise.

Most of all, remember that there is no right or wrong way to start these conversations. Don’t feel embarrassed if any of you get emotional, it is a big conversation to have, and emotions are a natural response. You know your loved ones better than anyone else, so only share as much information as you feel comfortable doing.

What Should I Talk to My Doctor About?

Talking to your doctor is another important step in discussing your options, particularly if you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Your doctor should explain to you about your condition and treatment options in a way that you understand. This is also a perfect opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and what options you have moving forward.

You may find a lot of the information you are giving to be quite over-whelming, especially if you are alone. Bringing a loved one along with you can help to offer emotional support as well as to help you remember the information you are given.

What Is Advanced Care Planning?

Advanced care planning refers to how you would like to be cared for in the future if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

Your options include:

  • Making an advance statement of wishes, which tells those involved in your care how you would like to be cared for.
  • Making an advance decision to refuse treatment, which in specific circumstances, can be used as a legally binding option to refuse any treatment you may be offered that your loved ones can follow on your behalf.
  • Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney to give someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you can physically no longer make decisions or you do not want to.

How Can Minster Home Care Help You?

At Minster Home Care, we believe receiving home in your own home is the best option for anyone nearing the end of their lives. This is because you are in familiar surroundings, which makes for a more comfortable end-of-life, as you have control over what you want and can be around loved ones.

Our services include:

  • Regular home visits – Our carers can work around your schedule to ensure you receive the support and care you need.
  • Live-in care – We take the time to make sure your carer is compatible with you, providing 24-hour support for as long as you need it.
  • Respite care – If your usual caregiver requires a break, our carers are on-hand to step in and provide short-term care for you.

Our palliative care service is there to provide care, safety and support to your entire family, making sure to alleviate the pressure on you and your loved ones when going through a difficult time. Our compassionate carers will make you feel as comfortable as possible and will give you a number of options to make the process tailored to you.

Our palliative service includes:

  • Supporting your independence with help performing daily tasks
  • Collecting prescriptions or shopping on your behalf
  • Preparing meals and washing up
  • Providing companionship
  • Assistance with personal care needs, such as bathing, dressing and continence needs

To find out more about how we can help you to discuss your end-of-life options, contact us today.