If you make health care decisions for someone else – or might at some future point – this handbook is for you.
We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care — and suggests two questions for starting the conversation. (Filmed at TEDxNewy.)
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Describes the Conversation Ready framework, the changes associated with the framework’s five principles that can be implemented to improve end-of-life care, examples of changes tested by organizations, and suggested measures to guide improvement. http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/IHIWhitePapers/ConversationReadyEndofLifeCare.aspx
Most of us know we should talk to a variety of people about our wishes for care when we can’t speak for ourselves. It’s just that, often, we don’t.
Yet, if we can document and discuss in advance our wishes, a conversation that once seemed scary can actually become comforting.
It really is OK to talk about dying. It has to be. Use this guide to help you start.
Institute of Medicine of The National Academies A consensus report that finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system. http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Reports/2014/Dying-In-America-Improving-Quality-and-Honoring-Individual-Preferences-Near-the-End-of-Life.aspx
Published by: North Dakota Department of Human Services Aging Services Division (last revised 2012) https://www.nd.gov/dhs/info/pubs/docs/aging/aging-healthcare-directives-guide.pdf