At Interim HealthCare of the Upstate, we are proud to provide compassionate end of life care for families in the Greenville area. We know that this is a difficult time for every family. Often it is made even more complicated, because an aging loved one's wishes are not known. We believe that having conversations about end of life care and personal wishes is important, no matter how difficult those conversations can be.
Below we have outlined some of the questions you can ask and talk about to better prepare your family for end of life care.
End of Life Care in Greenville: What Questions to Ask
When beginning to think about care during the final stages of life, it is important that you start a conversation with your loved one. During this conversation, urge them to be open and honest with you about their wishes. In turn, you should be ready for and respectful of this information.
It is always better to have this discussion early, rather than late. Thanks to The Conversation Project, we have compiled a list of questions you should cover with your loved one about end of life care:
- Who should make decisions for you if/when you are unable?
- What kind of medical treatment do you want? Why types do you refuse?
- How comfortable do you want to be?
- How do you want people to treat you?
- What do you want your loved ones to know?
By asking these questions and having a conversation with your loved one, you can get a grasp of their wishes. Many seniors have a clear opinion on how they want to live during this time, so don't be afraid to start the conversation.
How to Plan for End of Life Care in Greenville
After you have discussed end of life care with your loved one, it is important to document their wishes. However you choose to do this, it will help you and your family make the right decisions when the time comes. Two popular ways to achieve this documentation are by obtaining a Living Will or a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Again, you can discuss with your loved one which avenue will be right for them.
When the time comes to put your loved one's wishes into play, Interim HealthCare of the Upstate can provide dignified and compassionate end of life care. We take a holistic approach to care, meaning we focus on the body, mind, and spirit of the patient and their family. We are open to working with you to ensure we are providing care on your loved one's terms.
Call us today at 1-800-758-4966 to discuss hospice and end of life care in Greenville and in Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, Cherokee and Oconee Counties.