Feeding Tube Care

  • The Risks and Benefits of Feeding Tubes for Seniors

    The decision to use a feeding tube is often a complex matter for family caregivers of patients who are unable to choose for themselves. Understanding why and when tube feeding is necessary can help simplify this difficult choice.

  • Deciding on an End of Life Plan

    Selecting a course of action at the end of life can be a complex task, but it must be done. Often a new diagnosis is the instigating factor in formally deciding on a plan.This can include a DNR, advance directive, living will, and/or VSED.

  • Medical Overtreatment Can Have Dire Consequences for Seniors

    Tests, treatments and medications are supposed to make people healthier, but when it comes to medical care for seniors, less is more in most cases.

  • Caregiver Communication About Feeding Tube Insertion

    A gastric feeding tube represents one way to nourish dementia-stricken elders who lose the ability to eat. However, research indicates that many doctors are not having discussions with caregivers regarding the pros and cons of feeding tube insertion.

  • "VSED" as an Advance Directive in Case of Future Dementia

    I want to die with dignity and protect my family. Here's my advance directive to voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED) in the event of future dementia or other incapacitating irreversible condition.

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