The difficult decisions involved in caring for your loved one or client may draw out a wealth of feelings. In fact, making difficult care-related decisions can be one of the more distressing aspects of caring for someone you love. The choices the two of you make together can assist in shaping the caring experience and bring you comfort after a loved one has gone. The following are Care-Conversation Starters and Guides designed to assist you as you plan for the care of your loved one or client.
It's Time to Have the Conversation
Do you know enough about end of life care?
Most people nearing the end of life are not physically, mentally, or cognitively able to make their own decisions about treatment. As a result, advance care planning is essential to ensure that people receive care that reflects their values, goals, and informed preferences.
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Understanding Grief: A Guide for Grieving Caregivers
When someone you love is nearing the end of life or has already passed, you may experience a heaviness of mind and heart. This grief or sorrow often comes with a muddled mix of emotions including hopelessness, fear, denial, guilt and anger. Grief as a caregiver carries its own set of challenges, as you have been focusing on the needs of your loved one and have had little opportunity to recognize and address your own feelings of sadness.
Five Wishes: Your Plan for Care at the End of Life
Five Wishes, America’s most popular living will, is changing the way people talk about, and plan for care at the end of life. More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 35,000 organizations. This document meets the legal requirements in 42 states including New Jersey and is useful in all 50 (Source: Aging with Dignity).