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Seniors Say End-of-Life Care Matters-Video


Health & Wellness  (tags: Seniors / Aging, health, healthcare, illness, death, Coma, medicine, government )

Linda
- 3453 days ago - time.com
As the health care debate rages about 'death panels,' elderly residents at a New York facility discuss the importance of end of life counseling.This is an issue that weighs on the shoulders of the family if you do not prepare.I know from my parents.



   

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Karen S (106)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 5:27 am
Thanks Suzybell. I was not able to watch the video as I am on dial-up. This is extremely important. Many seniors cannot speak for themselves when they are in a palliative state and often suffer great pain and lonliness. The small LTC home where I volunteer, with the help of it's generous community, raised funds and renovated two rooms for palliative care. One of those rooms was for the person receiving the care and one was for the family. I can't tell you how many notes of appreciation this LTC home gets from families who have used these rooms during the last days of a dying relative. It gives the families the opportunity to be at hand 24 hours a day and to observe the attention to care these patients are getting. It also provides privacy and dignity for the patient and the family when it is most needed.
 

Fiona O (562)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 8:46 am
Thanks Suzybell. I think some is amiss with the video. I could not watch it either and I am on broadband not on diial-up like Karen. I know my mother suffers a great deal and does not complain. She will not even discuss end of life issues with me and I am her only child. All I can hope for since she lives in an assisted living apartment is that someone there has her confidence. People like my mother could probably be more open if the political climate gave them the voice they deserve.
 

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 4:59 pm
Thanks for your help in putting the lies in the light!
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 9:52 pm
Thanks Suzybell
 

. (0)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 10:46 am
Thannx for sharing this... so pleased that this does not apply here
 

Susan T (14)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 5:42 pm
This call , in reality, is for a "Living Will", which I think is unknown by some of the complainers. My mother had a living will in 1968, it goes back that far. What this does is let the elderly person decide how and when they wish to die, BEFORE they cannot make that decision themselves. I have in place a living will to do my bidding in the event I am unable. These are my wishes, period, and I do not care if anyone (including my children) objects to those wishes. Now there are limits we all have and it would be useful for many if not all to get ideas of what quality of life is to that person.

This is all the bru ha that is going around is all about. The gov. thinks it would be a good idea to get free counseling every 5 years if we want it. I'd go for it, for one, and esp. if it is free. Well, paid for by Medicare. Then we could change the power of atty. health wise and any reequests if we wanted to, and thereby eliminating the need for an atty.

I reccomend research about a Living Will for anyone who doesn'tknow about it. It will make things go easier for the family, because they will not have to make the decision for the incapasitated person.

Remember Terri Scihivo? Had she had a living will all that business wouldn't have happened. It's like a will and should be respected by ALL.

 

Susan T (14)
Tuesday September 8, 2009, 5:45 pm
Come on people! If you are to be in control of your life you must also be involved with your death. And choose what is right for you.
 
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