January 18, 2010 4

Decision Making – Strategies that help

By in End-of-life decision making

It is very difficult to make decisions to forgo treatment at the end of life

– What strategies have you found helped you?
– Read about the strategies that have helped others

4 Responses to “Decision Making – Strategies that help”

  1. Jill Mann & Debbie Neale says:

    This film provides valuable insight into the end of life issues affecting individuals and their families. It demonstrates our current culture of progressive medical technology, where there is the ability to save and prolong life, but may also have the detrimental effect of prolonging an inevitable death.
    “In the End” highlights the need for individuals together with their families and other important people in their lives, including their doctors, to discuss what is important for them to continue to live well.
    Many people have a view of situations, which would be unacceptable for them. Having good discussions prior to a health crisis occurring can be beneficial as a guide to what medical interventions are appropriate for an individual.
    There is an attempt to address and overcome some of the issues faced by the families portrayed in the film, through advance care planning (ACP) programs such as ‘Respecting Patient Choices‘.
    ACP gives people the opportunity to make informed choices about the types of medical treatment they would and would not want prior to a crises occurring. This process takes into account a person’s beliefs, values and goals and considers the benefits and burdens of medical treatments in relation to what is living well or quality of life for that person. Through consultation with health care providers and discussion with loved ones, a plan can be formulated to guide health professionals and family as to the person’s medical treatment wishes should they be unable to make decisions for themselves.
    The ACP process helps individuals maintain autonomy, reduces the burden of decision-making for loved one’s and guides treating health professionals in providing the best and appropriate care.

  2. admin says:

    Making decisions about medical treatment at the end of life is very difficult, for individuals, family members and for doctors.

    Dr Charlie Corke, who is featured in the ‘In the End’ film, has also published a book titled ‘Saving Life … or prolonging death’. This book explains the background to the decision making process from a wide range of perspectives (including the patient, the family, the doctor, the lawyer, the ethicist, the media and religious stances). The book is practical and easy to read, including numerous Case Studies.

    This book provides a ‘guide’ to end of life decision making and is valuable reading for everyone.

    More details and orders available at http://www.eruditemedicalbooks.com

  3. Nick Toonen says:

    If you’re caring at home for a loved one living with a terminal illness then this may interest you.

    HOME Hospice Community Mentors can offer you free support – mentors are trained volunteers with personal experience of caring at end of life – they focus solely on your needs and concerns as a carer, and are guided by what you want.

    Mentors offer confidential non-judgemental listening, practical non-medical information, and links to local services, as well as enabling you to find the support you need from within your personal community.

    Mentoring can continue for up to twelve months beyond bereavement, and every carer/mentor relationship is based on values of empowerment, dignity, compassion, community, and collaboration.

    If you’re caring for a loved one living with a terminal illness we invite you to call and explore the possibility of linking with a Mentor – or if you know someone who could benefit from Mentoring we invite you to encourage them to call.

    Call 1800 132 229 to learn more about what’s available and be linked to a Community Mentor if you choose.

  4. Maureen Aiken says:

    This sensitive and powerful documentary highlights just how important it is for each one of us to plan our own end-of-life care.
    In the same way that one prepares one’s Will and Enduring Powers of Attorney, we must all take personal responsibility to prepare an Advance Directive/ Living Will/ Enduring Guardianship document which stipulates our wishes. We must also ensure that our family members know exactly what our wishes are, so that we may die with dignity when our time comes.

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