End-Of-Life Decisions: Planning is Key

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            American’s have every right to make their own decisions about their death. In Susan Jacoby’s article, her mother had everything planned for her death and her mother knew exactly what she wanted. Fortunately for her it made her death more comfortable and easier to cope with. Yet, unfortunately for other Americans, they don’t discuss their possible end-of-life stage and it could lead to confusion for the family that is involved.

            The responsibility of the patient and the family is to know what they want in their end-of-life. As stated before it makes the dying process easier to understand and easier to cope with when the dying and the family understand what they want and are in agreeance. Patients and their family play the role of making the final decisions and supervise the situation as a whole. For example, if the dying cannot make competent decision its the families responsibility to understand what the patient wanted done. If the patient had an advanced directive, it is the family’s responsibility to be able to interpret it and follow the wishes of the dying.

             Unfortunately, the patient or their family may never understand enough to question what the health care provider is deciding upon. On the other hand, it is still the health care providers responsibility to inform the patient and their family what procedures are going to be done and whether or not it will be futile. Every patient should question what the health care providers are doing to them, it is their body! If the patient lets the healthcare provider do what they please, they make kick into “I must save every patient mode” and do unnecessary procedures that may prolong their dying process. Who wants that done to them? Every American has the right to make decisions on their end-of-life. To die with dignity is the only way to die.

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2 thoughts on “End-Of-Life Decisions: Planning is Key

  1. I agree with what you posted concerning responsibility at EOL. Yes, we have the freedom to receive or reject treatments. I focused more on how not having advanced directives affects the family of the patient. I missed how healthcare providers are to have some sort of accountability when explaining procedures to patients. That is a good point.

  2. I like your quote in the last image. True and inspirational. As stated in your blog “planning is key”,Americans should be held accountable for planning their end-of-life decisions. With advanced directives already in order, it makes the dying process less stressful for the patient and the family. It may also help ease medical financial strains as well. Having the legal aspect of dying taken care of before being placed in an unfortunate situation will allow the focus to be on the quality of time left with your loved ones, rather than meaningless paperwork. Whatever decisions are made, it is imperative that the patient’s loved ones respect the patients wishes as well. Like you stated in your blog, doctor’s will kick into “must save patient mode” and half consciously make decisions for the patient that may not be the best thing for them…making advance directives even more important.

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