Cost of Dying- Lessons learned continued

by MichelleR on June 14, 2013

Lesson 5- Hospice or Palliative care is not “quitting”

This kind of care offers help that aggressive treatment cannot.  For example, pain relief, anxiety control, and peace.  It is supportive care in a home setting, or a “home-like” setting.  It allows family and friend to focus their energy on their loved one, instead of chasing tests.

Lesson 6- Even with all the planning in the world, it’s still awful

Just do the best that you can.  Your loved ones know that you love them and have your best interest at heart.

Food For Thought…

Refocusing is necessary!

Let’s use medications that are going to help you be free of pain,  that help you live your life in a way that that provides quality     -Jerry Stoneberg: Medical Director, Palliative care service

Natural Death Welcomed

Some cases , if thought through in a careful, compassionate manner, would receive antibiotics, IV fluids and comfort care, and nature would take its course.  Most of us would later reflect on that and be very comfortable.     -Randy Rasmussen, M.D

A Financial Burden

Medicare would save millions of dollars if everyone had an Advance Directive.  How about a significant discount for everyone with an Advance Directive?     -Don Coolman, Respiratory Therapist

Wrong Seems Right

There are many families in which a loved one has made clear they want a natural death, no heroics and to be kept comfortable.  But, when they see their loved one turning blue, or struggling to breathe, or in pain that is out of control, the family has no moral choice but to take their loved one to an acute care hospital.  And that is where the problem lies- going to the hospital.  Once treatment begins, to stop them feels like a positive action to terminate the life of their loved one.  The answer to many situations is hospice.     -Bob Christensen, Retired Nurse

Miracles Happen

The last thing anyone wants to risk is giving up too soon.  My mother-in-law entered the hospital in February with double pneumonia; she was heavily sedated for 45 days. I doubted that she would survive, and if she did, I couldn’t imagine her living an independent life.  Today she is back in her apartment, feeling better than she has in years.     -Becky Sangster


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