What Are Some of Your Senior’s Goals at the End of Her Life?

Your senior has had goals, even loosely defined goals, for her entire life. She’s got some as she nears the end of her life, too, and they may be very possible to achieve with your help.

Manage Her Symptoms Effectively

Symptom management can become more and more difficult as your senior’s health declines. Part of that is because she may be experiencing greater amounts of symptoms, or at least a greater intensity. Other contributing factors can include that the curative treatments are creating more symptoms or undesirable symptoms that your senior is no longer willing to try to deal with as part of the treatment. Finding a way to manage her symptoms more effectively is often a big goal at the end of life.

Finish and Organize Personal Tasks

It’s difficult to feel that the end is coming and to know that there are unfinished tasks or conversations. If your senior has been reluctant to talk about finalizing her personal affairs in the past, she may be feeling a little more open to that idea now. Talk to her about what she wants to finish or to organize regarding what she feels she would be leaving behind.

Come to Closure with Family Members

Making happy memories with family members is important at the end of life, of course, but there may be other types of closure that need to be made, too. Apologies, explanations, and simply ending a grievance may all be part of what your senior wants to accomplish at the end of her life. Alone that might be impossible, but with assistance she may be able to put her heart and her mind at ease.

Plan Their Very Final Wishes

It’s also possible that your senior has resisted talking about her most final of wishes. What she wants in terms of healthcare in her very last days or what she wants her funeral or memorial service to look like could be something she’s been avoiding even as part of those personal tasks that were still hanging around. Very often realizing that she’s truly at the end of her life can inspire her to want to tackle this topic.

End-of-life care can help with all of these goals and more. You and your senior don’t have to try to figure this out all on your own. There are ways to get the help that your senior needs with these concerns and end-of-life care providers can help you to find those resources.

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

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