Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.
If I become demented and don't know my family and can't enjoy anything about my life, I don't want to hang around. I want to die with dignity and protect my family. Here's my plan to voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED).
If elders live in assisted living, skilled nursing or a nursing home, and they don't have the proper legal documents in place, doctors might not discuss chronic conditions or even life and death health care decisions with caregivers.
Family caregivers work tirelessly to ensure their loved ones’ health and happiness, but many don’t realize that there’s a legal component to their role. Without these crucial healthcare documents, you may not be able to help when your elder needs it most.
An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.