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What family should I include when I talk to the person I am caregiving for about end of life care?

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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Confidentiality

I agree that if the patient is competent, they should direct their care.
But at the same time, the patient should have a living will, and a medical power of attorney;a close friend or family member who serves to carry out the wishes / intent of the incapacitated family member.Hospice when consulted and "on board" usually help to make sure these end of life documents are in place, also a will.

In brief: Confidentiality

I agree that if the patient is competent, they should direct their care.
But at the same time, the patient should have a living will, and a medical power of attorney;a close friend or family member who serves to carry out the wishes / intent of the incapacitated family member.Hospice when consulted and "on board" usually help to make sure these end of life documents are in place, also a will.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hospice

I would add that so long as the patient is able to express themself, you could simply ask them about who to include in the discussion.

In brief: Hospice

I would add that so long as the patient is able to express themself, you could simply ask them about who to include in the discussion.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: End of Life care

Discussing end of life care can be very difficult.
It is best to have an open discussion about expectations of the patient and caregiver. My main focus usually centers upon pain and suffering. I counsel family members and patients that i don't want the patient to suffer from pain, breath hunger or anxiety over those things.

In brief: End of Life care

Discussing end of life care can be very difficult.
It is best to have an open discussion about expectations of the patient and caregiver. My main focus usually centers upon pain and suffering. I counsel family members and patients that i don't want the patient to suffer from pain, breath hunger or anxiety over those things.
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Whoever she/he watts

As the patient who she wants to ask.

In brief: Whoever she/he watts

As the patient who she wants to ask.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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