Plan Early for End of Life Care

  • It’s important for a terminally ill person to discuss their feelings with their family before the loss of their decision making capabilities or a medical crisis occurs.
  • Arrange for legal documents such as a Will, Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive to be completed to clearly stipulate a person’s wishes.
  • It is advisable to give children clear ‘age-appropriate’ information about the person’s condition.
  • Specialist palliative care units are usually available with a number of different organizations such as nursing homes, aged care facilities and some hospitals.

Care and Placement Options During the Final Stages of Life

A terminally ill person’s deteriorating medical condition, increased physical safety needs, and the 24-hour demands of end of life care often mean the primary carer will need additional in-home assistance, or for their loved one to be placed in a specialist care facility. …

What To Tell Children

If close family members include children, then make an effort to include them in as honest manner as possible. Children will gain benefit from clear ‘age-appropriate’ information about the person’s condition, as well as any changes they may perceive in your own behaviour.…

Conduct Discussions Early

When caregivers and family members are clear about their loved one’s preferences for treatment in the final stages of life, they are free to devote their energies towards care and compassion. To ensure that everyone in the family understands the person’s wishes, it’s…