How Can You Make Decisions More Easily at the End of Your Senior’s Life?

Making decisions for your senior can feel impossible, especially if she’s past the point of being able to tell you what exactly she wants now. There are still some ways for you to figure out what the best options are, but you may need to trust your own intuition.

Ask How Proposed and Current Therapies Are Going to Impact Her

It’s a good idea to find out from your senior’s doctor whether the treatments she’s currently taking and any proposed treatments are going to have a positive impact on her. Some treatments, especially when your senior is already frail, are almost worse than the ailment, all things considered. Get your senior’s doctor’s opinion about whether these treatments are truly helpful or if they’re something to reconsider.

Ask What True Improvement Would Look Like

Sometimes there may be occasions when your senior’s health seems to rally and become much better. These are often not accurate improvements in her situation, though, especially if she’s dealing with a terminal disease. It’s important that you and other family members understand what actual improvement in her health would be so that you’re able to avoid false hope.

Think Back to What You’ve Talked about Before

Are there times when you and your elderly family member talked about what she would want at this point in her life? If so, it can be important for you to think back to those talks and to what your senior shared with you. You may only remember bits and pieces of what you talked about, but that can be enough to help you to make some of the decisions you may need to make at this stage.

Remember What She Held Important and Valuable

There may be little factual information for you to go on with these decisions, though. In that case, you may need to remember what your senior’s values were throughout her life. What she held important and what she felt strongly about can sometimes be the clues you need to determine what she would want now, when she can’t really share that information with you.

It’s a lot of pressure to make end-of-life decisions for your senior totally on your own. Hospice care can help you to explore the different options available so that you can see what feels right for your senior’s situation. They can’t make the decisions for you, but they can help you to feel as if you know all of what’s possible.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PALLIATIVE CARE IN GRASS VALLEY, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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