QUALITY of Life
Patient stays in control. Can you hear Frank Sinatra singing, “I Did It My Way”?
Shared Decision Making with your medical team and your family
Patient prepares written documentation, EXIT STRATEGY instructions, for family to carry out their End of Life [EOL] wishes
Patient insists on EOL conversations with medical team
Patient writes their Bucket List
Patient researches his/her disease(s) to anticipate next stages/next steps
Patient develops Legacy Plan for family and community
Learn “A-N-D” – Allow Natural Death
Learn meaning of Palliative Care
Research benefits of early enrollment in Hospice, to enhance the quality of final days. Surviving family members receive bereavement services for first year.
Chooses spiritual resources: Rabbi, Pastor, Iman
Research and visit:
- Funeral homes. Use guidelines from FUNERAL RULE from Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/media-resources/truth-advertising/funeral-rule
CON arguments: I can’t think of any, can you?
QUANTITY of Life
Perhaps you want to live long enough to experience a major event? A graduation? A birth? A wedding?
Help me out here–I personally can’t imagine trying to stay alive longer. If you have some input, please send me your comments.
This list could get very long. I personally evaluate through the lens of how much PAIN would I have to endure? How much will it COST?
Many doctors avoid the agonizing treatments or surgeries that they put their patients through. Do an internet search on Futile Medical Treatment. My Google search yielded 576,000 results.
A few years ago I read this article by Dr. Ken Murray: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2011/11/30/how-doctors-die/ideas/nexus/
Now, tell me what you think!